I'm currently doing something that I rarely do: re-reading a book. Not that I am opposed this practice, but I suppose I believe there are just too many good books I haven't read to consider going through what I've found to be excellent books that are worthy of a second read. However, I am delighted to say that I'm going against my custom right now. Because for me, John Piper's Desiring God is proving to be even better now than it was before, or at least that's how it seems. In my current line of thought, I can't imagine a better book (other than the Bible) to feed on for spiritual nourishment.
So I want to whet your appetite a bit. Actually, I want you to walk away from reading this post with a gnawing hunger. First, I want you to be hungry to read. I want you to see the benefit of reading for the flourishing of your soul. If for no other reason, this can be seen with the fact that God chose to communicate His plan of salvation to us through the written Word. And with this in mind, I want to persuade you of the incredible benefit of this particular book. If you haven't read it, I hope to persuade you to order it as soon as you're done with this post...nothing less. But above all else I want you to hunger and thirst for God. By God's grace, I pray that when you are done here you will sense a growing desire for a deeper knowledge of, and love for, the living God.
With that in mind, I simply want to highlight a few powerfully profound quotes from Desiring God that I've encountered thus far this time around...feast and enjoy!
- "The chief end of man is to glorify God by enjoying Him forever" (p. 18).
- "God is glorified not only in His glory's being seen, but by its being rejoiced in" (p. 22).
- "Just as our joy is based on the promise that God is string enough and wise enough to make all things work together for our good, so God's joy is based on that same sovereign control: He makes all things work together for His glory" (p. 33).
- "God would be unrighteous if He valued anything more than what is supremely valuable. But He Himself is supremely valuable. If He did not take infinite delight in the worth of His own glory, He would be unrighteous" (p. 43).
- "The eternal happiness of the triune God spilled over in the work of creation and redemption. And since this original happiness was God's delight in His own glory, therefore the happiness that He has in all His works of creation and redemption is nothing other than a delight in His own glory" (p. 44).
- "If God loves us enough to make our joy full, He must not only give us Himself He must also win from us the praise of our hearts--not because he needs to shore up some weakness in Himself or compensate for some deficiency, but because He loves us and seeks the fullness of our joy that can be found only in knowing and praising Him, the most magnificent of all Beings. If He is truly for us, He must be for Himself!" (p. 49).
- "God's pursuit of praise from us and our pursuit of pleasure in Him are the same pursuit" (p. 50).
- "The wisdom of God has ordained a way for the love of God to deliver us from the wrath of God without compromising the justice of God" (p. 61).
- "The taste for God that begets saving faith is God's very taste for Himself, imparted to us in measure by the Holy Spirit" (p. 73n).
- "The fuel of worship is a true vision of the greatness of God; the fire that makes the fuel burn white hot is the quickening of the Holy Spirit; the furnace made alive and warm by the flame of truth is our renewed spirit; and the resulting heat of our affections is powerful worship, pushing its way out in confessions, longings acclamations, tears, songs, shouts, bowed heads, lifted hands, and obedient lives" (p. 82).
- "In the end the heart longs not for any of God's good gifts, but for God Himself. To see Him and know Him and be in His presence in the soul's final feast. Beyond that there is no quest" (p. 87).
- "You have capacities for joy that you can scarcely imagine. They were made for the enjoyment of God. He can awaken them no matter how long they have lain asleep. pray for His quickening power. Open your eyes to His glory. It is all around you" (p. 108).