Westminster Shorter Catechism, Question 2

Q. 2. What rule hath God given to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him?

A. The word of God, which is contained in the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, is the only rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him.

Question #1 of the Catechism tells us of our purpose here on earth and in eternity: “to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.” Question # 2 tells us where we are to look for direction in glorifying God and enjoying Him forever…we are to look to God’s Word, the Bible. We are not to trust in our feelings or our experiences, and we definitely get in trouble when we try to “follow our hearts,” but we are to look to His word which is a “lamp unto our feet, and a light unto our path.” It is there where we discover what is right and wrong, what is sin and righteousness, and what pleases God and what brings His disfavor upon us. It is in God’s Word that we are told of His grace, and what it means to trust and rest in what God has done for us in Christ.

“Lord, in 2013, may we not be led by the world, the flesh, and the devil, but may your Word be the final authority in our lives as we seek to glorify You and enjoy You forever.”



  1. Peter said,

    January 2, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    So what do the Scriptures say about how to enjoy God?

    • cliftonr said,

      January 2, 2013 at 10:31 PM

      The Psalms say much about enjoying God. If one were to type “rejoice” and “Lord” in a search engine there is much to be said. We are to rejoice in God’s salvation: Psalm 40:16-17 “16 But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who love your salvation say continually, “Great is the LORD!” 17 As for me, I am poor and needy, but the Lord takes thought for me. You are my help and my deliverer; do not delay, O my God!” And, we can rejoice in His love: Psalm 32:10-11 “10 Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the LORD. 11 Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!” which are just two examples of our enjoying God for His blessings to us.

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