True Wisdom

The LORD possessed me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of old. Ages ago I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the earth.  When there were no depths I was brought forth, when there were no springs abounding with water. Before the mountains had been shaped, before the hills, I was brought forth, before he had made the earth with its fields, or the first of the dust of the world. When he established the heavens, I was there; when he drew a circle on the face of the deep, when he made firm the skies above, when he established the fountains of the deep, when he assigned to the sea its limit, so that the waters might not transgress his command, when he marked out the foundations of the earth, then I was beside him, like a master workman, and I was daily his delight, rejoicing before him always, rejoicing in his inhabited world and delighting in the children of man.”_Prov. 8:22-31

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ERE God had built the mountains, Or raised the fruitful hills; Before he fill’d the fountains That feed the running rills; In me, from everlasting, The wonderful I AM, Found pleasures never-wasting, And Wisdom is my name.

When, like a tent to dwell in, He spread the skies abroad, And swathed about the swelling Of Ocean’s mighty flood; He wrought by weight and measure, And I was with him then: Myself the Father’s pleasure, And mine, the sons of men,

Thus Wisdom’s words discover Thy glory and thy grace, Thou everlasting lover Of our unworthy race! Thy gracious eye survey’d us Ere stars were seen above; In wisdom thou hast made us, And died for us in love.

And couldst thou be delighted With creatures such as we, Who, when we saw thee, slighted And nail’d thee to a tree? Unfathomable wonder, And mystery divine! The voice that speaks in thunder, Says, “Sinner, I am thine!”

William Cowper, “The Olney Hymns”


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