September 23

 

 Who can discern his errors?
Declare me innocent from hidden faults.   Psalms 19:12

 

By secret faults the Psalmist means those which are secret to himself, those sins which were in him or which he was guilty of, and yet was not aware of.

Knowing whether we live in some way of sin is attended with difficulty not because the rules of judging in such a case are not plain or plentiful.  God has abundantly taught us what we ought and ought not to do, and the rules by which we are to walk are often set before us in the preaching of the Word.  So the difficulty of knowing whether there is any wicked way in us is not for want of external light, not for want of God’s having told us plainly and abundantly what wicked ways are.  But that many persons live in ways which are displeasing to God, and yet are not sensible of it, may arise from the deceitful nature of sin.

Sin always carries a degree of darkness with it; and the more it prevails, the more it darkens and deludes the mind.  It is from hence that knowing whether there is any wicked way in us is a difficult thing.  The difficulty is not at all for want of light without us, not at all because the Word of God is not plain or the rules not clear; but it is because of the darkness within us.  The light shines clear enough around us, but the fault is in our eyes; they are dim, darkened, and blinded by a pernicious distemper.

 

 

 

Devotions from the Pen of Jonathan Edwards

 

Jonathan Edwards, who is considered the finest theologian America has ever produced, was known for his logical mind and warm devotion to the Lord. His exposition of Scripture remains a source of powerful edification for the church. Here are 120 excerpts from this great preacher of the word presented in a daily devotional format.  Edwards certainly was an amazing philosopher and a great theologian, but his insights into God’s Word are also down to earth, practical, and devotional.  Each devotion is based on a Scripture verse and Edwards is always careful to draw your attention to the text to be fed by God’s Word, not by man’s thoughts and imaginations.

 

It is a good resource for personal devotions or as an introduction to the thought of Edwards.  You will find comfort for the soul, encouragement and exhortations for the heart, and practical instructions for the mind.

 

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