doxology

from Romans 11: 33-36

Doxology

Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgments,
and his paths beyond tracing out!

Who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been his counselor?

Who has ever given to God,
that God should repay them?

For from him and through him and for him are all things.
To him be the glory forever! Amen.’

I used to silently sing this doxology/ ‘the depth of the riches’ calls up for me this passage from Job. Context: Job has been questioning God and on why he (Job) has been suffering so…

In chapter 38 God answers Job in the form of questions, an echoing back to Job,

Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm. He said:

2 “Who is this that obscures my plans
with words without knowledge?
3 Brace yourself like a man;
I will question you,
and you shall answer me.
4 “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?

Tell me, if you understand.
5 Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!
Who stretched a measuring line across it?
6 On what were its footings set,
or who laid its cornerstone—
7 while the morning stars sang together
and all the angels shouted for joy?

Our Lord’s opening response, question, helps me so,

Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm. He said:

‘2 “Who is this that obscures my plans
with words without knowledge?’

My questions, my words, my challenging emotions, as Job’s, are a type of lament, a form of deep prayer to Jesus-

As Romans 11:33 speaks of ‘the depth of the riches’

My words should testify to the Lord’s glories, it o s Ute the diners of his hands;

my words should reveal my most vulnerable self before him; not hide as an actor in a role

I should ‘ blowhard’ in my storm to him …,

He answers

I brace

3 Brace yourself like a man;
I will question you,
and you shall answer

just as our Lord echoes words and creations to us; just as we question; our lives should echo back riches to Him-

just question and lament; silently, or in spoken words, I should echo back His riches to Him- my echoes are my answer

These are my questions, my answer, my life. This is my song of worship.

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