a prayer befitting the covenant of works

O Lord Jehovah, how little do we, poor miserable mortals, know of thy Supreme Deity, and incomprehensible perfections! . . . May the consciousness of our ignorance in other things kindle in our hearts an ineffable desire of that beatific vision, by which, knowing as we are known, we may in the abyss of thy infinity behold those things which no thought of ours at present can reach!

Herman Witsius, The Economy of the Covenants, ch. 4. sec. 23.

Perhaps it is not far off to say that the health of one’s knowledge of the doctrine of the covenant is proportionate to an increase in such apropos prostrations before the Almighty and confessions of limitation.

Whether or not such a rule attains, this flavor of theologia viatorum is one to be desired.