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Lord’s Day 37, 2017

I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”


Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell Me, if you have understanding,
Who set its measurements? Since you know.
Or who stretched the line on it?
On what were its bases sunk?
Or who laid its cornerstone,
When the morning stars sang together
And all the sons of God shouted for joy?

—Job 38:4–7

II. To a friend who asked what God is.
Augustus Toplady (1740–1778)


Is there a man whose daring hand
Can number ev’ry grain of sand?
Can count the drops that fill the sea,
Or tell how many stars there be?

Who, then, shall strive to comprehend
Infinity that knows no end?
Who shall set bounds to boundless pow’r,
Restrain omnipotence, or low’r
Eternity to one poor hour?

Believe me, friend, thou canst no more
The vast designs of God explore
Than thy short arm can touch the skies,
Or fathom ocean’s deep abyss.

Who shall disclose his Maker’s plan,
Or dare his secret will to scan?
Shall feeble, guilty, finite man?

None but perfection, such as his,
Can know th’ Almighty as he is;
His glory never can be brought
Adapted to a mortal’s thought.

Consider what thou art, and fear
This unseen witness always near.
Dive not into his deep decree,
The object’s too elate for thee;
Thou must not ask, nor wish to see.
Cast each presumptuous doubt away;
Remember thou ’rt, at best, but clay,
Whose only province is t’ obey.

The Complete Works of Augustus Toplady: An Appendix, Not Properly Reducible, etc. (Sprinkle Publications, 1987).

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Please don’t miss worshiping with your local congregation
if you can possibly help it.
But if you’re in need of a good sermon, try these.

Posted 2017·09·10 by David Kjos
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