Tozer Devotional

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Sun, December 21, 2014

Unbegotten Love!

In the poetical works of Frederick Faber I have found a hymn to the Holy Spirit that I would rank among the finest ever written, but so far as I know it has not been set to music, or if it has, it is not sung today in any church with which I am acquainted. Could the reason be that it embodies personal experience of the Holy Spirit so deep, so intimate, so fiery hot that it corresponds to nothing in the hearts of the worshipers in present-day evangelicalism? I quote three stanzas:


Fountain of Love! Thyself true God!

     Who through eternal days

From Father and from Son hast flowed

     In uncreated ways!


I dread Thee, Unbegotten Love!

     True God! sole Fount of Grace!

And now before Thy blessed throne

     My sinful self abase.


O Light! O Love! O very God

     I dare no longer gaze

Upon Thy wondrous attributes

     And their mysterious ways.


These lines have everything to make a great hymn, sound theology, smooth structure, lyric beauty, high compression of profound ideas and a full charge of lofty religious feeling. Yet they are in complete neglect. I believe that a mighty resurgence of the Spirit's power among us will open again wells of hymnody long forgotten. For song can never bring the Holy Spirit, but the Holy Spirit does invariably bring song.

Verse

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 2 Corinthians 3:17

Thought

Song can never bring the Holy Spirit, but the Holy Spirit does invariably bring song.

Prayer

O Light, O Love, O very God, Holy Spirit, bring a new song to our hearts!

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A. W. Tozer, a modern day prophet, was a key figure in The Christian and Missionary Alliance. His legacy reaches through time and has impacted countless millions. A prolific author and pastor, Tozer was known for his emphasis on the deeper life movement. His message, informed as it was by A.B. Simpson the founder of The Alliance, brought the missionary call to a massive audience. A series of his sermons are available as audio files.

bookHis books have been published around the world and in many languages. This devotional was compiled from the The Divine Conquest, Chapter 5 - The Forgotten One

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