WHO IS GOD?
Augustus Montague Toplady, vicar of Broad Hembury, Devon, 1768-1778, was asked when only fifteen years old. Who is God? Here is his reply:
Is there a man whose daring hand
Can number every grain of sand?
Can count the drops that fill the sea,
Or tell how many stars there be?
Who, then, shall strive to comprehend
Infinity that knows no end?
Who shall set bounds to boundless power,
Restrain omnipotence, or lower
Eternity to one poor hour?
Believe me, friend, thou canst no more
The vast designs of God explore
Than thy short arm can touch the skies,
Or fathom ocean’s deep abyss.
Who shall disclose his Maker’s plan,
Or dare His secret will to scan?
Shall feeble, guilty, finite man?
None but perfection, such as His,
Can know the Almighty as He is;
His glory never can be brought
Adapted to a mortal’s thought.
Consider what thou art, and fear
This unseen witness always near.
Dive not into His deep decree:
The object’s too elate for thee,
Thou must not ask, nor wish to see.
Cast each presumptuous doubt away;
Remember thou art, at best, but clay,
Whose only province is to obey.