“Jehovah’s self transcends His noblest works”


Over this past week I’ve been awestruck again and again at the beauty of the Beaver Valley.  Although I’ll never lose my love for the unique coastal scenery of Long Island, the setting of Geneva College is just as powerful a witness to the glory of God in creation.

At the same time as I’ve been taking in my surroundings, the instruction at Geneva (through chapel and my Old Testament Survey course) has also been pointing to this idea of general revelation.  Add to that the fact that my personal devotions took me through Psalm 8 and Charles Spurgeon’s commentary thereon, and you have a pretty powerful combination.

Did you know that Spurgeon tried his hand at poetry?  I didn’t until I found these lines which he composed after a journey through the Alps.  They are powerful enough to share here in their entirety:

Yet in all these how great soe’er they be,
We see not Him. The glass is all too dense
And dark, or else our earthborn eyes too dim.

Yon Alps, that lift their heads above the clouds
And hold familiar converse with the stars,
Are dust, at which the balance trembleth not,
Compared with His divine immensity.
The snow-crown’d summits fail to set Him forth,
Who dwelleth in Eternity, and bears
Alone, the name of High and Lofty One.
Depths unfathomed are too shallow to express
The wisdom and the knowledge of the Lord,
The mirror of the creatures has no space
To bear the image of the Infinite.
‘Tis true the Lord hath fairly writ His name,
And set His seal upon creation’s brow.
But as the skilful potter much excels
The vessel which he fashions on the wheel,
E’en so, but in proportion greater far,
Jehovah’s self transcends His noblest works.
Earth’s ponderous wheels would break, her axles snap,
If freighted with the load of Deity.
Space is too narrow for the Eternal’s rest,
And time too short a footstool for His throne.
E’en avalanche and thunder lack a voice,
To utter the full volume of His praise.
How then can I declare Him! Where are words
With which my glowing tongue may speak His name!
Silent I bow, and humbly I adore.

–from The Treasury of David, commentary on Psalm 8:1


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