Deep and Wide

Day 222

Prayer for the day

Glory be to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, so it is now and so it shall ever be, world without end. Alleluia. Amen.

Scripture for the day

Psalm 81-83, Romans 11:19-36

Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgments,
and his paths beyond tracing out!
“Who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been his counselor?”
“Who has ever given to God,
that God should repay them?”
For from him and through him and for him are all things.
To him be the glory forever! Amen.

Paul ends his discourse on the choice of God and the blessedness of those who have been chosen with this extraordinary hymn. His point in using this hymn is not that since we can’t understand God’s ways, we should give up trying and use lame excuses like “well, God’s just too complicated.” Rather, his point is that too much emphasis, too much argument about the WAY God saves His people, the rationale, is pointless, as the ways of God are higher than the ways of humans.

That God’s ways are higher than our ways does not dissuade the Psalmist from calling on God for assistance. While the Psalmist obviously knows the glory and immensity, he, along with Paul, recognizes that this inscrutable God is also the God who reaches down from heaven to assist. This “other” God is also closer than a brother, and this closeness and farness is what causes humans to marvel at the work and character of this God.

God is unknowable, yet knowable. He cannot be reached, yet reaches down to us. He cannot be apprehended, and so he reveals himself to us.

To this God, immortal, invisible, wise, caring, loving, friend and king, be honour, glory, and power forever.

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