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Banbury Evangelical Free Church was founded in 1984, as a Bible-based, Christ-centred congregation seeking to proclaim the everlasting gospel of Jesus Christ and to serve Christ in every aspect of our lives, both as individuals and together.

Monday, 5 July 2010

Calvin on Psalm 73.25

Writing on Psalm 73.25, John Calvin observed, “If we give the smallest portion of our affections to the creatures, we in so far defraud God of the honour which belongs to him”. Considering this Psalm yesterday we observed that Calvin is surely going too far in making this statement! (And Calvin himself did not – thankfully! – entirely practise what he preached here: when his wife died, he wrote, “I have been bereaved of the best companion of my life” – he evidently had had a happy marriage and had shown his wife some affection!) But Asaph’s words are a salutary reminder to us: if we place our hopes for enduring happiness in circumstances or in other people, we are bound ultimately to be disappointed – witness the all-too-predictable outcome of England’s football World Cup campaign! And indeed, even the most blessed of human relationships will terminate at death. But if God Himself is the Rock of our hearts and our portion forever (v.26), we shall never be disappointed! How satisfied are you with God Himself?

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