Friday, October 02, 2015

Faber: to Whom we pray

Friday, October 2, 2015
Praise the LORD, O my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
    and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
    and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
    —Psalm 103:2-5 (NIV)
    We must consider who it is to whom we pray. The infinitely blessed Majesty of God, than which nothing can be conceived more good, more holy, more pure, more august, more adorable, more compassionate, more incomprehensible, or more unutterable. The very thought of God takes away our breath. He is Three living Persons. We live and move and breathe in Him. He can do what He wills with us. He is no further bound to us than He has graciously and piteously chosen to bind Himself. He knows every thing without our telling Him or asking Him. Yet it is to Him we pray. Next, let us think where it is we pray. Whether it be a consecrated place or not. It is in God Himself. We are in the midst of Him, as fishes are in the sea. His immensity is our temple.
    ... Frederick William Faber (1814-1863), Thoughts on Great Mysteries, London: Suttaby and Co., 1884, p. 203-204 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 103:2-5; Deut. 5:24; 1 Chr. 16:27; Isa. 6:1-5; Matt. 6:8; Acts 17:28
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your greatness is beyond my comprehension.
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