Thursday, August 31, 2006

"What more can He say than to you He hath said"

We are still going through the DVD series of last years Desiring God conference (Suffering and the Sovereignty of God) at church on Wednesday nights. Last night we listened to David Powlison speak on Christ's grace and your sufferings. I was really encouraged as he went through the hymn "How Firm a Foundation", which is one of my favorite hymns if not my favorite. Mr. Powlison went through 6 of the stanzas and explained/laid out what they were about and how they were laid out.

But what really struck me was his explanation of the first stanza

How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word!
What more can He say than to you He hath said,
You, who unto Jesus for refuge have fled?

He said that this stanza was an exhortation from believers to each other, reminding us that our faith has a foundation that is unbreakable and deep. It has a solid basis. The scriptures have said this, which is what God has said.

He then goes into the line "What more can He say than to you He hath said" and to paraphrase what Mr. Powlison said:

There are a lot of questions that come up when studying scripture. God in his providence did’n't give us all the answers. What more could he have said? When it comes down to what matters, good and evil, love and hate, salvation and destruction, the character of the living God and the nature of the human heart, what more could he have said. There is nothing more that needs to be said. He has said it all.

This was just a great reminder and encouraging to me to know that we have all that we need revealed to us in scripture.

If you'd like to hear for yourself, the sermon is available on the Desiring God website.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Reading what you write encourages me. Thought you would like to know!