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Heart Aflame


Heart Aflame

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"Blessed is the man ... his delight is in the law of the Lord."

John Calvin described the Psalms as "an anatomy of all the parts of the soul." The description is an apt one, says Sinclair B. Ferguson in the foreward to this volume, "since every experience, every emotion, all the heights and depths, all the joys and sorrows, all the mysteries of human life, are here."

These select readings from Calvin's Commentary on the Psalms provide us with a year's worth of rewarding daily meditations. Calvin wrote as one whose own experience is mirrored in the Psalms. Here we witness his remarkable knack for seeing the real issues, particularly how Christ is the focus of all of Scripture

"In these pages you will find the Spirit-inspired biblical anatomy of the Psalms and the hands of an outstanding physician and surgeon of the spirit. Reading them on a daily basis can hardly fail to bring you spiritual health and strength. . . . Calvin seems to come to us from within the Bible, from inside the reality described in the text. He had learned the meaning of the command to love God 'with all your mind.'

"You will find him to be a sure-footed and wise guide, and I suspect you will come to love him -- as well as the Psalms -- better before the year is ended."

SINCLAIR FERGUSON

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January 1


PSALM 1:1-2


Blessed is the man. The meaning of the Psalmist is that it shall be always well with God's devout servants, whose constant endeavour it is to make progress in the study of his law. He teaches us how impossible it is for anyone to apply his mind to meditation upon God's law, who has not first withdrawn and separated himself from the society of the ungodly. It is necessary to remember that the world is fraught with deadly corruption, and that the first step to living well is to renounce the company of the ungodly, otherwise it is sure to infect us with its own pollution.

Who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, or stand in the way of sinners, or sit in the seat of mockers. Here the Psalmist shows how, little by little, men are ordinarily induced to turn aside from the right path. When a person willingly walks after the gratification of his corrupt lusts, the practice of sinning so infatuates him, that, forgetful of himself, he grows hardened in wickedness; and this the prophet terms standing in the way of sinners. Then at length follows a desperate obstinacy, which he expresses by the figure of sitting.

But his delight is in the law of the LORD. The Psalmist does not simply pronounce those happy who fear God, but designates godliness by the study of the law,teaching us that God is only rightly served when his law is obeyed. It is not left to every man to frame a system of religion according to his own judgment, but the standard of godliness is to be taken from the Word of God. From his characterising the godly as delighting in the law of the Lord, we may learn that forced or servile obedience is not at all acceptable to God, and that those only are worthy students of the law who come to it with a cheerful mind, and are so delighted with its instructions, as to account nothing more desirable or delicious than to make progress therein. From this love of the law proceeds constant meditation on it.


About the Author(s)

John Calvin (1509-1564) was a French theologian and pastor who was influential during the Protestant Reformation. Originally a humanist lawyer, he later was instrumental in developing the system of Christian theology called Calvinism. In addition to his first published work, Institutes of the Christian Religion, he also wrote commentaries on most books of the Bible.

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