Brimful of God

In his chapter on the names of God in the second volume of his Reformed Dogmatics, Bavinck quotes Augustine:

On earth, a fountain is one thing, light another. When you are thirsty, you look for a fountain, and to get to the fountain you look for light; and if there is no daylight, you light a lamp to get to the fountain. But he is both a fountain and a light: to the thirsty he is a fountain, to the blind a light. Let [your] eyes be opened to see the light; let the lips of [your] heart be opened to drink of the fountain. That which you drink, you see and hear. God becomes everything to you, for he is the whole of the things you love. If you attend to visible things, well, God is neither bread nor is he water, nor light, nor a garment, nor a house. For all these things are visible, individual, and separate. What bread is, water is not; what a garment is, a house is not; and what these things are, God is not, for they are visible things. God is all of these things to you: if you are hungry, he is bread to you; if you are thirsty, he is water to you; if you live in darkness, he is light to you, for he remains incorruptible. If you are naked, he is a garment of immortality to you when this corruptible shall put on incorruption and this mortal shall put on immortality.

To which Bavinck adds: “God is immanent in the whole of creation. The pure of heart see God everywhere. Everything is brimful of God.”


Ai Weiwei, Fountain of Light

Homo Cantus

The heart requires the intelligence, and therein, says Augustine, lies the difference between the singing of men and of birds. For a linnet, a nightingale, a parrot may sing well, but it will be without understanding. Now the particular gift of man is to sing knowing what he is saying. After the intelligence must follow the heart and the affection, which cannot be unless we have the hymn imprinted on our memory, in order never to cease singing. (Jeremy Begbie quoting John Calvin, in Resounding Truth, p. 110)