Diving In. . . .

Posted: October 3, 2010 in Spurgeon, Theology

If you’ve read a post of mine in the past, you know my affinity for Charles Spurgeon. This one in particular is in keeping with the theme from my last post on Psalm 97, “The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice”. By the grace of God which was with me, over the past four days I have had the privilege to meditate on that phrase over and over again. I have heard an illustration before that when you first begin to dive into the greatness of God, it feels overwhelming, but as you continuing pushing on you begin to realize that at the beginning stages you were merely in a small creek which sweeps you into a much larger stream which becomes a raging river which flows into a vast ocean. The more time I have spent meditating on “The Lord reigns”, the more I get the feeling that I have merely been stepping on rocks trying not to fall in the creek. There’s something scary about being swept away.

Below is Spurgeon’s blog from a hundred years ago about the obvious next step to meditating on the Sovereignty of God in all of life. So, “dive in and go deep” (for my friends who are familiar with Steven Curtis Chapman).

“Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His name.”—Psalm 29:2.

GOD’S glory is the result of His nature and acts. He is glorious in His character, for there is such a store of everything that is holy, and good, and lovely in God, that He must be glorious. The actions which flow from His character are also glorious; but while He intends that they should manifest to His creatures His goodness, and mercy, and justice, He is equally concerned that the glory associated with them should be given only to Himself. Nor is there aught in ourselves in which we may glory; for who maketh us to differ from another? And what have we that we did not receive from the God of all grace? Then how careful ought we to be to walk humbly before the Lord! The moment we glorify ourselves, since there is room for one glory only in the universe, we set ourselves up as rivals to the Most High. Shall the insect of an hour glorify itself against the sun which warmed it into life? Shall the potsherd exalt itself above the man who fashioned it upon the wheel? Shall the dust of the desert strive with the whirlwind? Or the drops of the ocean struggle with the tempest? Give unto the Lord, all ye righteous, give unto the Lord glory and strength; give unto Him the honour that is due unto His name. Yet it is, perhaps, one of the hardest struggles of the Christian life to learn this sentence—”Not unto us, not unto us, but unto Thy name be glory.” It is a lesson which God is ever teaching us, and teaching us sometimes by most painful discipline. Let a Christian begin to boast, “I can do all things,” without adding “through Christ which strengtheneth me,” and before long he will have to groan, “I can do nothing,” and bemoan himself in the dust. When we do anything for the Lord, and He is pleased to accept of our doings, let us lay our crown at His feet, and exclaim, “Not I, but the grace of God which was with me!”

  1. Carole says:

    I love GK Chesterton and CS Lewis as far as Theological crushes go but my dad digs Spurgeon.

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