by John Calvin (compiled by John H. Kromminga)
Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. —Psalm 130:2
As the miseries to which there is no prospect of a termination commonly bring despair in their train, nothing is more difficult than for persons, when involved in grievous and deep sorrow, to stir up their minds in the exercise of prayer. And it is amazing, considering that while we enjoy peace and prosperity we are cold in prayer (because then our hearts are in a state of infatuated security), how in adversities, which ought to quicken us, we are still more stupified.
But the Prophet derives confidence in coming to the throne of grace, from the very troubles, cares, dangers, and sorrow into which he was plunged. He expresses his perplexity and the earnestness of his desire both by the word cry and by his repetition contained in the second verse. —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.