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of the Spirit. God himself dwells in the innerrecess of the soul. The temple stands for the overvN'helming wealth of all-embracing love; the gale remains the symbol of the Majesty of And only when both of these operate God. purely, each within its own domain, there is the most exalted worship of God's majesty, together with the most blessed enjoyment of his eternal

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Love.

Thus the pendulum of the inner life of the moves ever to and fro. When we have given

soul ourselves for a time too lightly £.nd too easily to the sweetness of mysticism, and in meditative communion with God are in danger of losing our deep reverence for his majesty, we must needs tear ourselves away from this hazy mood in order that we may the better recognize again the holy supremacy of the Lord Jehovah in comparison with the littleness and insignificance of our own finite self. And when on the other hand we have been for a time greatly affected by the Majesty of God, so that we know full well that the High and H0I3- One is enthroned in glory, but feel ourselves deserted of God at heart, so that the soul is menaced w^ith the loss of a closer touch upon God, then likewise with an effort of the will the frozen heart must be brought under the softening influences of the eternal compassions, so that communion with the eternal may be renewed and enjoyed again. But great is the gain when this motion to and fro is not too forcible, and when the intimacy of the ''Our Father" and the reverence of the ''Which art in Heaven" follow each other rhythmically in the daily experiences of the inner life. purely

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Bekijk de hele uitgave van dinsdag 1 januari 1918

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 620 Pagina's

To be near unto God - pagina 89

Bekijk de hele uitgave van dinsdag 1 januari 1918

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 620 Pagina's

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