Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Gathering Our Wits

"It is intolerable presumption for us to put our trust in creatures and to ground ourselves upon them, and yet there is no fault more common in all the world.  We can say well enough that it is not lawful, and that we ought not to do it, but meanwhile everyone does it.  Now, let us remember ourselves, for there is nothing that God holds more dear or whereof he makes greater account than His honor.  Neither is it sufficient for us to leave Him the mere title and name of God. He must be known as He is; that is to say, that all power lies in Him; that He is the fountain of all manner of grace and goodness; that it is His proper office to maintain and preserve us; that our life is in His hand along with all things that pertain thereto.  When we have thought well upon this, let us take order to gather our wits about us, so that we are not grounded upon creatures." (John Calvin, Sermon on Deuteronomy 28:49-58)

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Let the saints be joyful in glory, let them sing aloud on their beds, let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two edged sword in their hand, to execute vengeance on the nations, and punishments on the peoples; to bind the kings with chains and their nobles with fetters of iron. Psalm 149:5-8