One readily concedes defeat in attempting to write about God; to suggest that we even scratch the surface, grossly overstates our puny and feeble efforts. Only an infinite Person can expound the infinite God: "… the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared Him" Jn.1.18. There must ever remain untold mysteries of the transcending greatness, grandeur and glory of God, else He is not God. We cannot add to His eternal and intrinsic greatness, nor can the unbelief and scoffing of atheists and agnostics detract from His glory.
We who are saved, marvel constantly at His ineffable love and His rich displays of grace toward us and long that we "might know Thee, the only true God …" Jn.17.3. Like the Psalmist in Ps.42.1,2a, "As the hart panteth after the water brooks, So panteth my soul after Thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, For the living God." May that thirst be slaked, albeit in minute measure, as we read the chapters of this volume and learn a little more of those essential attributes of Deity that cause us to wonder with no small amazement and to rejoice that "this God is our God for ever and ever: He will be our guide even unto death (some ancient authorities read "forevermore")" Ps.48.14.
Like David we aspire to praise His glorious name, "Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is Thine; Thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and Thou art exalted as head above all" 1 Chron.29.11.
Not only do we praise Him for His majesty and glory unsurpassed, but we bow in worship at every remembrance of His grace and mercy that have conferred upon us the inestimable honour of sonship "whereby we cry, Abba, Father" Rom.8.15.
Once again we express our grateful thanks to the authors who, in spite of their many other commitments, have contributed so helpfully and valuably to this fifth book in the "Glory" series. This volume is published with the prayer that God will be glorified, as should be our sole motive in every aspect of our unworthy service and that every believer who reads it will be prompted to praise and adore the God of our salvation.
- "Then sings my soul, my Saviour God to Thee;
- How great Thou art! How great Thou art!"
- (S.K. Hine)
Roy Reynolds, N. Ireland, September 2010.