Sunday, January 11, 2009

Calvin 365: (11) Our God will help us

If you are not confident that God really is sovereign over all things then you will place your trust in something else appart from him in times of need. Psalm 115: tells us that "Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases." On the basis the Psalmist exhorts us to trust in the Lord and to find him to be our help and shield.
Preaching on Psalm 115 for the weekly day of prayer on November 4th, 1545, Calvin said:

After the prayer, let us remember how this thought is given to us, that "our God in in heaven" (Psalm 115:3), in order that it may be for us a shield to withstand every evil thought-thoughts such as wondering whether our God can aid us.

This must be imprinted in our memory: our God will aid us.

The reason: nothing can prevent Him.

And He has declared to us that it is His God pleasure never to fail us at need...And if God does not help us at first, let us wait on Him; we will not be disappointed.

Our God will come, and when?

He knows when it will be time.
Quoted in David B. Calhoun, Prayer: "The Chief Exercise of Faith" in David W. Hall & Peter A. Lillback [eds] A Theological Guide to Calvin's Institutes: Essays and Analysis, p. 366-7

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