Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Infinite and the Finite

Thou art great, and we are small.
  Thou art sovereign, and we are weak.
Thou art infinite, and we are finite.
  Thou art eternal, and we tarry but just a little while.

But with all Thy greatness and with all Thy power,
  Thou dost bend down low,
And listen to the sound of our tears
  As they strike the ground.

This is an old rabbi's prayer and it is so good. My hero Steve Brown uses this from time-to-time to remind us of our finitude in comparison to God's infinitude. It does more than that though. It reminds us of the His immanence. He is the God that is great and we are small. He is the God that is sovereign and we are weak. But, He is also the God who bends down low. He "made Himself nothing" and "became obedient unto death" (Philippians 2:7-8). He suffered so that He could be one who could sympathize with us (Hebrews 4:15). He not only hears our tears but mingles His tears with ours.

By His Grace,

1 comment:

Tracy Murchison said...

Madeleine L'Engle says that Christ's giving up of power was an extreme act of love.