Tuesday, March 12, 2024

MacDonald: simply God

Tuesday, March 12, 2024
O God, you are my God,
    earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you,
    my body longs for you,
in a dry and weary land
    where there is no water.
I have seen you in the sanctuary
    and beheld your power and your glory.
Because your love is better than life,
    my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live,
    and in your name I will lift up my hands.
    —Psalm 63:1-4 (NIV)
    What heart in the kingdom of heaven would ever dream of constructing a metaphysical system of what we owed to God and why we owed it? The light of our life, our sole, eternal, and infinite joy, is simply God—God—God—nothing but God, and all his creatures in him. He is all and in all, and the children of the kingdom know it. He includes all things; not to be true to anything he has made is to be untrue to him.
    ... George MacDonald (1824-1905), “Righteousness”, in Unspoken Sermons, Third Series, London: Longmans, Green, 1889, p. 221-222 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 63:1-4; 27:8; 42:1-3; 84:10; 143:6; 105:3-4; Pr. 8:17; Isa. 44:3; Matt. 7:7-8; John 4:13-14; 6:35; 7:37-39; Heb. 11:6
Quiet time reflection:
    Can I be satisfied with any less than God’s presence?
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