Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. (1 Peter 1:3)
Perhaps most of you have heard of the famous preacher, Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892). Fewer of you will be familiar with his actual writings. Spurgeon was a self-educated preacher, with an amazing gift from God to preach and write in a way that connected with the real needs of real people, both high and low, lettered and simple.
Here’s an excerpt from his daily devotional, Morning and Evening: Daily Readings. (By the way, there is a free Kindle version.) In this short essay he uses several wonderful adjectives to describe God’s mercy. The paragraph that so captured my thoughts was his treatment of God’s “great mercy”:
It is great mercy. There is nothing little in God; his mercy is like himself–it is infinite. You cannot measure it. His mercy is so great that it forgives great sins to great sinners, after great lengths of time, and then gives great favors and great privileges, and raises us up to great enjoyments in the great heaven of the great God.
This enjoins the wonderful attribute of God’s infinitude. Simply put, God is unbounding and inexhaustible. Everything true of Him is true in infinite measure and scope. If He is merciful, He is great in mercy. Yes, even infinitely merciful.
Everyone of God’s glorious attributes (something true about Him), are beautified and explained by all the others. So we get a glimpse of the way Spurgeon worshipped his God. This is how Spurgeon meditates on the mercy of God. He lets many of the other attributes of God inform his worshipful considerations.
You can do this as well! Have you ever read any of the classic works on God’s attributes? Two that are very accessible and wonderful to read are:
The Knowledge of the Holy (A.W. Tozer) Concise and suited to devotional reading. Great for dinner time discussions at home.
The Attributes of God (A.W. Pink) Incredibly rich, but more complicated to read. Definitely worth the challenge.
Both of these (as well as Spurgeon’s devotional referenced above) are in the public domain, and can readily be found in free electronic formats.
Finally, for those of you who attend Blue Ridge Community Church, or live in the Charlottesville, VA area, I invite you to join me and others for a wonderful study of God’s attributes, beginning on Sunday September 15, 2013 @ 9:30 AM.