A THOUSAND TONGUES
Eph. 3:19 Amp. [That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]!
One taste of the love of God and you are hooked. What experience or relationship on earth can begin to compare with the one with the Ancient of days? He is incomparable. All throughout our Christian journey we are drawn deeper into the reality of God’s love. From the first time you taste His love with a glimpse of His dying compassion on the cross to the immeasurable depth of His love poured within our hearts at the pentecostal experience in the upper room, to the irresistible love calling us to follow Him down the gospel road, His love is simply incomparable. Charles Spurgeon spoke of this incomparable love, listen as he tries to describe the indescribable.
“The love of Christ in its sweetness, its fullness, its greatness, its faithfulness, passeth all human comprehension. Where shall language be found which shall describe his matchless, his unparalleled love towards the children of men? It is so vast and boundless that, as the swallow but skimmeth the water, and diveth not into its depths, so all descriptive words but touch the surface, while depths immeasurable lie beneath. Well might the poet say,
O love, thou fathomless abyss!
for this love of Christ is indeed measureless and fathomless; none can attain unto it.”
In today’s quote from the Amplified Bible, we see one of the beautiful characteristics of God’s love. It states that we come to know the love of God through experiencing it for ourselves. God’s love is not something we can learn from a teaching, it is not a doctrine that we espouse, it is the tasting of God’s love for us for ourselves. As Paul brought out in Romans 5, the love of God is shed abroad, or poured out into our hearts, by the Holy Spirit. This love has to be tasted. As David said, “taste and see that the Lord is good”.
Jonathan Edwards was known in his day for his emphasis on “experimental Christianity”. We might call it experiential Christianity today. Edwards would often compare the love of God to the taste of honey. He said that you could never describe adequately to someone the way honey tastes, it has to be tasted for yourself. Honey is distinct and no words can describe it. God’s love is infinitely distinct. There is no sermon that can describe it, no song that can express it, no work of art that can display it, every attempt falls woefully short. Does that mean we should not try to tell of God’s love? Absolutely not!! We have to join with Charles Wesley and sing out to God, “Oh for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer’s praise”, it’s in the telling, the singing, or in the painting that we taste His love for ourselves.