Daily Devotional 4-7-19

The Lord possessed me at the beginning of His way, before His works of old. I have been established from everlasting, from the beginning, before there was ever an earth.… When He assigned to the sea its limit, so that the waters would not transgress His command, when He marked out the foundations of the earth, then I was beside Him, as a master craftsman; and I was daily His delight, rejoicing in His inhabited world, and my delight was with the sons of men.

Proverbs 8:22–23, 29–31.

It is easy to see in Wisdom, as personified in Proverbs 8, our blessed Lord Jesus, the eternal Wisdom. He was one with the Father from all eternity, and participated with Him in the creation of the universe. How precious to read that His “delight was with the sons of men.” He foresaw all that they would be guilty of, yet loved them still. It is a mystery far too great for our poor minds to take in, but it tells of a love that is infinite and eternal.

Ere God had built the mountains,

Or raised the fruitful hills;

Before He filled the fountains

That feed the running rills;

In Thee, from everlasting,

The wonderful I Am

Found pleasure never wasting,

And Wisdom is Thy name.

And couldst Thou be delighted

With creatures such as we,

Who, when we saw Thee, slighted

And nailed Thee to a tree?

Unfathomable wonder!

And mystery divine!

The voice that speaks in thunder

Says, “Sinner, I am thine!”

—William Cowper

 H. A. Ironside, The Continual Burnt Offering: Daily Meditations on the Word of God (Neptune, NJ: Loizeaux Brothers, 1994), 102.