1 Corinthians 12:31b (NAS)

And I show you a still more excellent way.
1Corinthians 12:31b (NAS)

Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Greatest Commandment

Deuteronomy 6:5, "And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might."

A. W. Tozar writes in The Pursuit of God, that God formed us for himself, that all things were created for his pleasure, and God's desire is that we would see him and live with him and draw our lives from him.  The soul of a believer longs to worship; in fact we were created to worship God. 
The Pursuit of God  is one of those books that stirs the heart every time you read it.  The first time I read it was in 1981 and it kindled a fire in my bosom that has never gone out.  It was then that I joined the ranks of what A. W. Tozar, it's author, called the "fellowship of the burning heart": those who seek to love God with all their heart, soul, and might. 

One such man was Frederick Faber, a poet, songwriter, and a theologian.  Tozar included some of Faber's works in The Pursuit of God.  One of those poems impressed me so that I memorized it and have never forgotten it.  I have included it below for your pleasure.

Only to sit and think of God.
Oh what a joy it is!
To think the thought, to breathe the Name;
Earth has no higher bliss.

Father of Jesus, Love's reward!
What rapture it will be,
Prostrate before thy throne to lie,
And gaze and gaze on Thee!

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