A Saintly Response to Learning

One of the most elite physics laboratories in the world is in England at Cambridge. It is called Cavendish Laboratory. This Laboratory was founded in 1874 and has been home to some 29 Nobel Prize winners.

It was here the discovery of X-rays and electrons took place. Nuclear fission was 1st experimented with here. The 1st model of DNA was completed here.

Well, an interesting fact about this place of science is that above the entrance to this lab is a quotation of Psalm 111:2 – “The works of the LORD are great, studied by all who have pleasure in them.”

It was put there by the founders of this Laboratory. It would seem an appropriate reminder to a place where the works of God have been studied for some 137 years.

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The psalmist has said that “the works of the LORD are great.” He means that God’s works are great in number and magnitude and size and abundance. You don’t even have to be a Christian to observe God’s greatness; we learn that in Romans 1:19-20 –

For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.”

God’s works are great in design, number, magnitude, and excellence. In other words, how can we put any of it into words? Everything He does is overwhelming.

Job writes, “He does great things past finding out, yes, wonders without number” (Job 9:10).

On another occasion, the psalmist writes, “O LORD, how great are Your works! Your thoughts are very deep” (Ps 92:5).

When we consider God’s works, we get lost in their wonder.

They are so great that they are to be “studied by all.” The saints’ delight is to study God’s works: creation, provision, preservation, salvation, revelation, etc.

I cannot understand professing Christians who don’t want to study the greatness of God – who say they hate theology. People who love God want to know everything there is to know about someone. Every time you learn something – in history, science, current news, sports, etc. – it is fresh ground for praise.


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