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A. W. Tozer on the Soul’s Paradox of Love

November 2, 2011

The moment the Spirit has quickened us to life in regeneration our whole being senses its kinship to God and leaps up in joyous recognition. That is the heavenly birth without which we cannot see the Kingdom of God. It is, however, not an end but an inception, for now begins the glorious pursuit, the heart’s happy exploration of the infinite riches of the Godhead. That is where we begin, I say, but where we stop no one has yet discovered, for there is in the awful and mysterious depths of the Triune God neither limit nor end.

         Shoreless Ocean, who can sound Thee?
         Thine own eternity is round Thee,
         Majesty divine!

To have found God and still to pursue God is the soul’s paradox of love, scorned indeed by the too-easily-satisfied religionist, but justified in happy experience by the children of the burning heart. St. Bernard stated this holy paradox in a musical quatrain that will be instantly understood by every worshipping soul:

         We taste Thee, O Thou Living Bread,
         And long to feast upon Thee still:
         We drink of Thee, the Fountainhead,
         And thirst our souls from Thee to fill.

(A. W. Tozer, 1897-1963, alt.)

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Thank you to David William Gair for the video embedded below of breaking surf on the California coast accompanied by the wonderful sound of Gregorian Chant.


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