Tuesday, November 8, 2011

"The Delight of the Infinite"

God's mind is very different from ours. "His understanding is infinite" (Psalm 147:5).

We have no frame of reference for thinking without limitations. In real terms, the brightest among us see and understand but a glimpse of truth and reality. Unto our Lord, however, "all things are naked and opened." His thought transcends time, encompassing the knowledge of past, present and future as if they were but one moment. His understanding includes the knowledge of all information about everything in the universe, to the minutest detail. And He thinks with perfect wisdom, making possible perfect analysis and response to every contingency (Acts 15:18; Hebrews 4:13; Psalm 36:6). Yes, of the countless characteristics that create the chasm between God and man, none are more revealing than the span that exists between His thoughts and ours.

Nevertheless, communication between our Lord and ourselves remains possible, and greatly desired by Him. Why He would desire our fellowship is difficult to fathom, but He does. "Call unto Me, and I will answer thee, and show thou great and mighty things, which Thou knowest not" (Jeremiah 33:3). God loves fellowship with human hearts, to the degree He gave His Son to a cross of shame, forsakenness and death to make it possible. There is something in us He desires, and something that even brings Him great pleasure as we trust and respond to Him. "The prayer of the upright is His delight" (Proverbs 15:8). Of all the wonders that come to mind when pondering the God of the Bible, none more thrill and fascinate me than the infinite measure of loving humility that causes such a One to enjoy being with us, and listening to us.

I am convinced that a life of consistent communication with God begins not with the awareness of our need for it, but rather with the knowledge of His great pleasure in our fellowship. Indeed, the believer who increasingly realizes his capacity to delight the heart of the Father who redeemed him at the highest cost will long to often direct his own heart Heavenward. We will never understand how the Infinite finds delight in finite creatures such as ourselves. But we can enjoy the fact of it, and bask in the warmth of His joy that graces the path to the throne of grace. Yes, the God who knows all invites those who know so little to come into His light, discovering glad welcome and the exultation of the Psalmist...

"In Thy presence is fullness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures forevermore."
(Psalm 16:11)

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