Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Faith Concealed Within the Heart

Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
Be thou, O God, exalted high
above the starry frame;
and let the earth, with one accord,
confess thy glorious Name,
that all thy chosen people thee
their Savior may declare.
Let thy right hand protect me still,
and answer thou my pray'r.
 —Psalm 108:5-6
Suggested tune: Ellacombe (CMD)

It is he who made the earth by his power, who established the world by his wisdom, and by his understanding stretched out the heavens.
—Jeremiah 10:12
As it is necessary that the confession of the mouth should proceed from faith, as fruit from the root, the prophet here reminds the Israelites that there is but one true God. For, besides him who created the earth, set in order the world, and extended the heavens, there is no other to be found. Since, then, this can only be said of One, it follows that all the deities which the world devises for itself are false. And doubtless no one can courageously oppose such errors, except those who believe in the one true God. It is therefore necessary that we should be really and truly grounded in the faith before the building can be carried on. For the profession by which we ascribe glory to God, is, as it were, the superstructure; but faith, concealed within the heart, is the foundation.
—John Calvin
Almighty and everlasting God, you have given us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity and in the power of the divine majesty to worship the Unity: keep us steadfast in this faith, that we may evermore be defended from all adversities; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord...
—Church of England
Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
 —Matthew 6:9-13

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