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  • Posted September 3, 2013

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    One of the areas that Christians tend to not think enough about

    One of the areas that Christians tend to not think enough about is the absolute glory and greatness of Our God. I specifically said Christians with no such adjectives as “today” or “modern” because I think this has been a problem throughout history. In other words, unlike A. W. Tozer, in his book *The Knowledge of the Holy*, I don't think that the ancients had it so perfect and we only recently flubbed this up.

    Despite this and a few other minor quibbles, I was greatly edified by the above-titled book, and do recommend it. In his book, Tozer states from the outset that, since not everyone is able, due to education, time, etc., to read and understand the deeper studies in theology and Scriptural exegesis, he is going to pare down the concepts into a short, and easy to understand, volume.

    The format he uses is to begin each chapter by describing an attribute of God. He then uses that chapter to do two things. First off, he deals with explaining said attribute, and second, Tozer ties the concepts and chapters together by making clear that each of these attributes are constantly present in the Godhead. God is perfectly every single one of His attributes for eternity.

    Another theme of Tozer's is that not only does God deserve our praise, it is to our own good to praise Him. He doesn't need us or our praise. At least, He doesn't need us or our praise in the sense of the word *need* we normally understand. He only “needs” us because He chose to do so for our own good, so we could have the joy of serving and praising Him. In reality, He doesn’t need us, and His infinite love would be perfectly satisfied without us, if He chose. His love directed towards us (and any need that goes with us) is his *choice* and His gift to us. If you think of this, you can see the, as CS Lewis puts it in one of his works, “intolerable compliment” of His *choosing* to love and desire our best.

    Yet we repay the God of the Universe Who does this for us in what way? With disdain, a careless disregard, so forth. We do not give him the great glory He calls us to give Him, that He *DESERVES*, and that would be our greatest joy to give Him. We must remedy this, both to avoid sin and to experience the joy of God and growing in the knowledge of Him and His holiness.

    Despite some disagreements with Tozer, I agree with his message overall. The fact is that the Church (and thus individual Christians) are in a dark place of not trusting and loving God as we should. We must take God and the things of God more seriously, experience an increased awe of God, and begin to truly worship and praise Him. The only way for the Church to do this is to have the individual Christians that comprise the Church make a conscious choice to do this. Let us take up this necessary, worthy, right, and joyful challenge.

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