i started reading the book Knowing God by J.I. Packer this morning and came across the following quote.  it made me so excited to dive in and learn more about God – despite the fact that i will never be able to fully comprehend or know Him.  how i long to have my mind blown away and completely humbled by the greatness of my Savior!!! 

“The highest science, the loftiest speculation, the mightiest philosophy, which can ever engage the attention of a child of God, is the name, the nature, the person, the work, the doings, and the existence of the great God whom he calls his Father.  There is something exceedingly improving to the mind in a contemplation of the Divinity.  It is a subject so vast, that all our thoughts are lost in its immensity; so deep, that our pride is drowned in its infinity.  Other subjects we can compass and grapple with; in them we feel a kind of self-content, and go our way with the thought, ‘Behold I am wise.’  But when we come to this master science, finding that our plumbline cannot sound its depth, and that our eagle eye cannot see its height, we turn away with the thought that vain man would be wise, but he is like a wild ass’s colt; and with solemn exclamation, “I am but of yesterday, and know nothing.”  No subject of contemplation will tend more to humble the mind, than thoughts of God.  But while the subject humbles the mind, it also expands it.  He who often thinks of God, will have a larger mind than the man who simply plods around this narrow globe…  The most excellent study for expanding the soul, is the science of Christ, and Him crucified, and the knowledge of the Godhead in the the glorious Trinity.  Nothing will so enlarge the intellect, nothing so magnify the whole soul of man, as a devout, earnest, continued investigation of the great subject of the Deity.”  ~ C.H. Spurgeon

and as i read this quote, i was reminded of a song we sang yesterday morning in church that was really awesome:

(sorry about the double-spacing, i can’t seem to make it type it otherwise…)


Who can comprehend Your holy ways O Lord?

Your glorious power without end, from which the stars were born

How could we ever understand the moving of your hand?

How could we ever come to grasp the one who never began?


O what a glorious mystery you are

O what a glorious mystery you are

Though we only see in part

You’ve completely won our hearts

O what a glorious mystery you are


Who can comprehend Your gracious mercy Lord?

Great loving kindness that would send a Savior to be born

Why would you, Jesus, die for us, who cursed your perfect name?

Why would you come to reconcile those who caused your shame?

how incredible it is to have a God that is not like us, who is incomprehensible, awesome and so far beyond us – yet loves us enough to die for us and to reconcile us to Himself.  i stand amazed…



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  1. i love love love that song!!! i am jealous that you have the worship conference out there!! i have wanted to go the past 2 yrs and just could not… *sigh* you and jenna could let me stay with you, then umm… *I* would get to enjoy the feeling of traveling and visiting friends. 😉

  2. isn’t that an awesome Spurgeon quote? Btw, I’m thinking that Packer is Reformed. Am I correct?
    Eddie — the guy at Seattle WVA who came from NC (even further east than Dell!)
    I think that if you want to have things go like this:that is, no double spacing, you must simply hit–shift-enter. Hold the shift butten and hit the enter  button in order to have                               no double space!

  3.   to the best of my knowledge, packer is reformed. 
    thanks for the tip on spacing!  it’s been driving me insane lately…. 
    did i meet you in seattle?  who’s small group were you in? 

  4. I don’t know that we met beyond the general hello…I was on the g-gulp-reen team and in Nic’s small group.
    if you’re reading Packer, that would either say that you are Reformed, or you are a diversified free-thinking Armenian. Pray tell, which one?
    I’m pretty much Reformed myself.  

  5. what kind of church do you go to (denomination)? my family and several others are actually in the process of starting a Reformed church, tho we are rather skeptical of joining any certain denomination right now. we DO have an excellant preacher, tho, who has been pastor at several Presbyterian churches around the east. Do you ever read any Schaeffer? Both Francis and Edith Schaeffer wrote some awesome books and Francis is one of my favorite theologians/philosophers.  

  6. um, my church is nondenominational.  and – this might freak you out a little bit – we are essentially reformed with a significant charismatic dimension.  we are reformed in theology and doctrine, and we also believe that the gifts of the spirit are active and present in the church and in the life of believers today.  we’re affiliated with a church planting organization called Sovereign Grace Ministries, based in Gaithersburg, MD – ever heard of it?  http://www.sovereigngraceministries.org
    yes, i read How Shall We Then Live awhile back.  excellent book.  i’m currently in the middle of reading “Wild at Heart” by John Eldridge or something… i can’t remember his last name…  anyway, the book is wonderful! 

  7. woah! I started that Wild At Heart when I was staying with a friend up there but haven’t been to the library since to get books and so haven’t finished it 😦 totally awesome book tho! As for the Schaeffer, HSWTL is a good start, but he’s got some really awesome one’s on apologetics and so forth. From his “Trilogy”, I think.

  8. ROTFL… I was wondering when the charismatic part was gonna come in Andrea. *thinking about our convo at WVA*
    Luz, and I talked about that whole thing a few nights…. really interesting convo.
    SGM rocks!

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