I am a sojourner on the earth; hide not Your commandments from me! (Psalm 119.19)

It is proper to inquire into the reason for his calling himself a sojourner and stranger in the world.  The great concern of the unholy and worldly is to spend their lives here easily and quietly, but those who know that they have their journeys to pursue, and have their inheritance reserved for them in heaven, are not engrossed nor entangled with these perishable things, but aspire after that place to which they are invited.  The meaning may be thus summed up: “Lord, since I must pass quickly through the earth, what will become of me if I am deprived of the doctrine of Your law?”  We learn from these words from what point we must commence our journeys if we would go on our way cheerfully to God.  Besides, God is said to conceal His commandments from those whose eyes He does not open because, not being endued with spiritual vision, in seeing they see not, so that what is before their eyes is hid from them. – John Calvin (1509-1564)

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