Friday, January 07, 2011

who is god?

for who is god besides the lord?
and who is the rock except our god?
2 SAMUEL 22:32

what is god-what, but the lord god? for who is the lord but the lord? or who is god save our god? most high, most excellent, most powerful, most almighty, most merciful, and most just; most hidden, yet most present; most beautiful, and most strong; stable, yet mysterious; unchangeable, yet changing all things; never new, never old; making all things new and bringing age upon the proud, though they do not know it; always working, yet always at rest; still gathering, yet lacking nothing; sustaining, filling and protecting; creating, nourishing, and maturing; seeking, yet possessing all things.

god loves without passion; he is jealous without anxiety; he repents, yet has no sorrow; is angry, yet serene; changes his ways, yet his plans are unchanged; recovers what he finds, having never lost it; never in need, yet rejoicing in gain; never covetous, yet requiring interest. he receives over and above, what he may owe-yet who has anything that is not his? he pays debts, owing nothing; remits debts, losing nothing.

and what can anyone say when they speak of him? yet woe to those who keep silent, since those who say the most are as the mute!

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