“Running to Carry Out Your Commands” (Vermigli)

Here's a wonderful prayer by Reformer Peter Vermigli. It is based on Psalm 119:17-32. I found it the other day reading through the "Prayer" chapter of Early Protestant Spirituality. I hope you enjoy this prayer as a Monday meditation: Since our strength depends on you, O great and good God, and without your help we… Continue reading “Running to Carry Out Your Commands” (Vermigli)

Psalm 119: The Breath of the New Heart (McCheyne)

Psalm 119 has always been one of my favorite Psalms. I love how the Psalmist talks about the beauty and power of God's word, precepts, commands, and laws. Speaking of Psalm 119, Robert Murray MCheyne called it "the breathing of the new heart" in a sermon on Romans 7:22-25. After mentioning how an unbeliever has… Continue reading Psalm 119: The Breath of the New Heart (McCheyne)

That Will Only Make You A Pharisee (Willard)

Dallas Willard's "The Great Omission" is a collection of his articles and lectures that had to do with discipleship and spiritual formation. Although I don't agree with everything in it, "The Great Omission" has been a blessing to read. Here's a helpful section of it I highlighted earlier today: The genius of the moral teachings… Continue reading That Will Only Make You A Pharisee (Willard)

Our Best Works (Witsius)

I’ve been enjoying Herman Witsius’ discussion of antinomianism and neonomianism in Britain during the 17th century.  The full title is a mouthful: Conciliatory or Irenical Animadversions on the Controversies Agitated in Britain.  Below is a section near the end where Witsius talks about a believer’s good works and why they cannot be part of or… Continue reading Our Best Works (Witsius)

Diligence

It is biblical to say that Christians are called to follow Jesus and live the Christian life with diligence.  I appreciate how Dutch theologian Wilhelmus a Brakel (d. 1711) explained this: “God has granted man a soul and a body, as well as the ability to be occupied and to glorify him with both.  …After… Continue reading Diligence