or declare all his praise?
(Psalm 106:2 ESV)
John Owen, after digging deep into the subject of Christ’s glory (if you’ve read Owen, then you know what I mean by digging deep) wrote:
“For who can declare this glory of Christ? Who can speak of these things as he ought? I am so far from designing to set forth the whole of it, that I am deeply sensible how little a portion I can comprehend of the least part of it. Nor can I attain to any satisfaction in the Meditations, but what issues in an humble adoration.”
Owen, one of the greatest theologians of the Puritan period and possibly of all time, hit a brick wall. To wrap his tiny human hands around the enormity of God and then to communicate it in a way that others could understand was impossible. So, at this point in the book, he stops writing and in silence, humbly worships his awesome God. “Who can utter the mighty deeds of the LORD, or declare all his praise?”
As valuable as Owen’s lifelong effort was and is to the edification of the Church, it still only scratches the surface of the glory (the sum of all God is) of our great God. And yet, his work and the work of others assist us in doing the impossible—reflecting and meditating on the Lord.
I returned to my hotel room today after a long and confusing day of learning and discussion on the cloudy subject of Defense Acquisition. I was greeted in my room with a complimentary copy of today’s USA Today newspaper which spoke of more unrest in Egypt (so much for a successful Arab Spring), Roger Clemens’ acquittal, flex belts for tighter abs, and a new Woody Allen movie that delves into the depression stemming from the knowledge that nothing is permanent. What a refreshing delight it is to swim in the limitless ocean of the glory of Christ. This is something worth my study. This will bring about the transformation of my soul.
… but his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
(Psalm 1:2-3 ESV)