Thursday, August 19, 2010

Zion God's Habitation

Thomas Shepard, Journal (January 2, 1642), in Michael McGiffert, God's Plot: Puritan Spirituality in Thomas Shepard's Cambridge, p. 108:

In singing Psalm 132:12, 13, 14, 15 in the public, I was sweetly refreshed by seeing the reason why the Lord's people, if they keep his covenant, he would not leave them [when they are] in church fellowship, because the Lord desired to be with his people; he is loath to depart. In musing on which when I came home I saw a strong motive to have God our God (1) because he makes choice of his people in Sion above all places and persons in the world; (2) because when this is done he desires never to be parted by any sin again; (3) because when this is done he takes full content and is at rest when he enjoys his people; (4) because he promiseth upon this there he will dwell, not because of their good but because he delights in them.

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