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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Lines of Literature: Desiring God and The Weight of Glory

"Once we had no delight in God, and Christ was just a vague historical figure. What we enjoyed was food and friendships and productivity and investments and vacations and hobbies and games and reading and shopping and sex and sports and art and TV and travel...but not God. He was an idea--even a good one--and a topic for discussion; but He was not a treasure of delight.

Then something miraculous happened. It was like the opening of the eyes of the blind during the golden dawn. First the stunned silence before the unspeakable beauty of holiness. Then the shock and terror that we had actually loved the darkness. Then the settling stillness of joy that this is the soul's end. The quest is over. We would give anything if we might be granted to live in the presence of this glory forever and ever." John Piper, Desiring God, "Conversion" p. 73 (2003 ed.)
You can read Desiring God online for free here.

"In the end that Face which is the delight or the terror of the universe must be turned upon each of us either with one expression or with the other, either conferring glory inexpressible or inflicting shame that can never be cured or disguised. I read in a periodical the other day that the fundamental thing is how we think of God. By God Himself, it is not! How God thinks of us is not only more important, but infinitely more important. Indeed, how we think of Him is of no importance except in so far as it is related to how He thinks of us. It is written that we shall "stand before" Him, shall appear, shall be inspected. the promise of glory is the promise, almost incredible and only possible by the work of Christ, that some of us, that any of us who really chooses, shall actually survive that examination, shall find approval, shall please God. To please be a real ingredient in the divine be loved by God, not merely pitied, but delighted in as an artist delights in his work or a father in a son--it seems impossible, a weight or burden of glory which our thoughts can hardly sustain. But it is so." C. S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory.
You can read The Weight of Glory online for free here.

1 comment:

Sharon said...

"the settling stillness of joy that this is the soul's end." That is a perfect description of how I feel when I read my Bible and really, really read it, not just rush over the words or approach it without humility or without any desire to worship God through His word.

One of the best things about committing to teach a preparation-intensive Bible study is that there is no way I can fudge on preparing the Bible study. Even if I try, thinking I can just approach the word of God with a perfunctory task-focussed attitude, I am drawn in to reading the passage and God speaks clearly and convictingly to me. This is despite my wanting to just approach my reading as a duty-visit, rather than a delightful, long-desired meeting with the One whom I love. No matter what my attitude when I opened my Bible, at the end of this time I am filled with a satisfying joy.

~ Sharon

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