|Question||What are God’s works of providence?|
|Answer||God’s works of providence are his most holy, 1 wise, 2 and powerful preserving 3 and governing all his creatures, and all their actions. 4|
The Baptist Catechism Set to Music
Benjamin Beddome’s Exposition
Is God’s providence universal?
His kingdom ruleth over all,
Does it extend to all worlds?
Whatsoever the Lord pleased that did he in heaven and in earth,
And to all creatures?
He upholdeth all things by the word of his power,
Does it extend to inanimate creatures?
He binds the sweet influences of the Pleiades, and looses the bands of Orion,
And to the animal creation?
The stork knoweth her appointed times,
Does it order all events relative to particular persons?
Man’s days are determined, the number of his months are with God,
And to kingdoms and societies of men?
He changeth the times and the seasons, he removeth kings and setteth up
Doth God exercise a special providence over some places?
Thus Canaan was a land that God cared for,
And over some persons?
He is the Saviour of all men, but especially of them that believe,
1 Timothy 4:10
Is it a desirable thing to be interested in God’s special providence?
Remember me, O Lord, with the favour which thou bearest to thy- people,
Doth God’s providence extend to all actions?
A man’s heart deviseth his way, but God directeth his steps,
Doth it extend to all natural actions?
In him we live and move,
And to all fortuitous actions?
Thus a certain man drew a bow at a venture and smote the king of Israel between the joints of the harness,
1 Kings 22:34
And to all good actions?
The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord,
And to evil actions?
It was not you that sent me hither, but God,
And can God bring good out of evil?
You thought evil against me, but God meant it unto good,
Are God’s providences mysterious?
His judgments are a great deep,
But are they harmonious?
They work together,
Is preservation an act of providence?
Which holdeth our soul in life,
Did God preserve us in our infant state?
Thou art my God from my mother’s belly,
And will he preserve us in declining years?
To hoary hairs will I carry you,
Doth he give us food?
He filleth our hearts with food and gladness,
He giveth his beloved sleep,
Doth he preserve us from threatening dangers?
He keepeth all our bones,
And endow us with wisdom for our several trades?
Bezaleel and Oholiab were filled with the spirit of God in all manner of workmanship,
Does God’s care extend to the meanest creatures?
Not a sparrow shall fall to the ground without your Father,
Is government also an act of providence?
God ruleth by his power for ever,
Doth God maintain the laws and ordinances of nature?
Thus we read of his covenant of the day, and his covenant of the night,
But doth he sometimes suspend and act contrary to them?
So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day,
Doth he uphold all creatures in their operations?
The eagle mounteth up at his command, and maketh her nest on high,
But can he also restrain those operations?
He shut the lion’s mouth,
Doth he exercise a peculiar government over the church?
God ruleth in Jacob,
Is God’s government supreme?
He is King of kings and Lord of lords,
Is it just and rightful?
Thine is the kingdom, O Lord,
1 Chronicles 29:11
Is it most wise?
How unsearchable are his judgments,
Is it holy?
The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works,
Is it absolute and arbitrary?
Why dost thou strive against him? for he giveth not account of any of his matters,
Is it effectual and uncontrollable?
What his soul desireth that he doth,
Is God’s providential government an argument for trust and confidence?
Commit thy way unto the Lord,
And for silence and submission?
Be still, and know that I am God,
And for praise and thanksgiving?
Allelujah, the Lord God omnipotent reigneth,
The Westminster Larger Catechism
|Question||What are God's works of providence?|
|Answer||God's works of providence are his most holy, 1 wise, 2 and powerful preserving 3 and governing 4 all his creatures; ordering them, and all their actions, 5 to his own glory. 6|