by John Calvin (compiled by John H. Kromminga)
Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold. —Psalm 119:127
This is a message deserving of special attention, for the baneful influence of evil example is well known, every man thinking that he may lawfully do whatever is commonly practised around him. Whence it comes to pass that evil company carries us away like a tempest. The more diligently then ought we to meditate on this doctrine; that when the wicked claim to themselves an unbridled liberty, it behooves us to contemplate with the eyes of faith, the judgments of God, in order to our being thereby quickened to the observance of the divine law.
If attention to this doctrine has been needful from the beginning, at the present day it is necessary to exert ourselves, that we may not be involved in violating the law of God with the wicked conspiracy which almost the whole world have formed to violate it. The more outrageously the wicked vaunt themselves, let our respect for and our love of the divine law proportionately increase. —Commentaries
John Calvin was the premier theologian of the Reformation, but also a pious and godly Christian pastor who endeavored throughout his life to point men and women to Christ. We are grateful to Reformation Heritage Books for permission to use John Calvin's Thine Is My Heart as our daily devotional for 2013 on the OPC Web site. You can currently obtain a printed copy of that book from Reformation Heritage Books.
Dr. Joel Beeke, who is editorial director of Reformation Heritage Books, has this to say:
"Calvin shows us the piety of a Reformed theologian who speaks from the heart. Having tasted the goodness and grace of God in Jesus Christ, he pursued piety by seeking to know and do God’s will every day. He communed with Christ, practicing repentance, self-denial, and cross-bearing. Moreover, his theology worked itself out in heart-felt, Christ-honoring piety. The selections of this devotional bear this out, and hopefully will be used by God to direct pious hearts in our own day."
These devotional readings from John Calvin were compiled by John H. Kromminga. Be sure to read his "Introduction" to John Calvin's Thine Is My Heart.