March 25

 

To the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever.  Amen.   1 Corinthians 13:13

 

As I read these words, there came into my soul and was, as it were, diffused through it a sense of the glory of the Divine Being, a new sense, quite different from anything I ever experienced before.  The sense I had of divine things would often of a sudden kindle up, as it were, a sweet burning in my heart, and ardor of soul, that I know not how to express.

Not long after I first began to experience these things, I walked abroad alone, in a solitary place in my father’s pasture, for contemplation. And as I was walking there, and looking up on the sky and clouds, there came into my mind so sweet a sense of the glorious majesty and grace of God that I know not how t express it.  I seemed to see them both in a sweet conjunction, majesty and meekness joined together; it was a sweet, gentle and holy majesty; and also a majestic meekness; an awful sweetness, a high, and great, and holy gentleness.

After this my sense of divine things gradually increased and became more and more lively, and had more of that inward sweetness.  The appearance of everything was altered; there seemed to be, as it were, a calm, sweet cast or appearance of divine glory in almost everything.  God’s excellency, His wisdom, His purity and love, seemed to appear in everything: in the sun, moon, and stars; in the clouds and blue sky; in the grass, flowers, trees; in the water, and in all nature.

 

 

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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