Thursday, November 02, 2006

Take Pause to Wonder, Marvel, Worship!

Wonderful meditation by A.W. Pink,

"O how infinitely worthy of our constant thought, meditation, study and love, is the blessed One who died that we might live! The Lord of glory descending into unfathomable shame! The Giver of all blessing being made a curse for us! Well may we pause and wonder, marvel, worship. But blessed be his name, the cross did not end all: 'It was not possible he should be holden of death.' [Acts 2:24] He rose in triumph from the tomb, ascending on high, and took his place at God’s right hand. Why? For his own comfort, peace, or joy? No – 'Whither for us the forerunner hath entered.’ [Heb. 6:20] We engage all his thoughts! Our interests are his one concern. Nor is that all. Heaven will not fully be Heaven to Christ till he has all his redeemed with himself. Not content with having gone to prepare a place for us, he is coming back to receive us unto himself, that where he is there may we be also. [John 14:3] What a happy, praising, worshipping people we should be!"

Although I must ask -

What do you think of his statement, "We engage all his thoughts?" How should I/you take it in light of my recent reflection on the song, Above All?!


At 11/02/2006 10:04 PM, Blogger wwdunc said...

I agree with you about the song, "Above All". Like others who have commented, I feel the song is going along wonderfully until it gets to the final line, "and thought of me above all".

But, this quote of Pink's...

At first glance, it seems to be in the same category as the song, "Above All". However, I think, perhaps, Pink is referring to the rest of Hebrews 6:20 ("where Jesus has gone [i.e., "the inner place behind the curtain" of v. 19] as a forerunner on our behalf..."), in which case, he was just trying to highlight that Christ's saving work was done "on our behalf". In that sense, "we engage all his thoughts! Our interests are his one concern."

But, as I understand it, "above all" was Jesus' concern for the Father's glory (Hebrews 10:7; John 17:4).

Thanks for the post! It made me think, and made me go to God's word.

Wyeth Duncan

At 11/02/2006 11:27 PM, Anonymous Steve said...

I think you see it right. Somewhere there is a balance, though, between his glory being supreme and his thoughts about us because of his death for us. But let's always err on the side of God being the focus.


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