Mechtild of Magdeburg on Humility in Worship


The Worshiping Church: A Hymnal
Hope Publishing Company

O burning Mountain, O chosen Sun,
O perfect Moon, O fathomless Well,
O unattainable Height, O Clearness beyond measure,
O Wisdom without end, O Mercy without limit,
O Strength beyond resistance, O Crown beyond all majesty:
The humblest thing you created sings your praise. AMEN!

-- Mechtild of Magdeburg, 13th century, as found in THE WORSHIPING CHURCH,
Hope Publishing Company, 1990.


This WORSHIP QUOTE brings back the theme of God's immeasurable greatness. These lines remind me of the words from Psalm 100, "It is he that has made us and not we ourselves." This is no false humility, but the worshipper seeing himself or herself in a proper relationship with Creator God.

(Originally posted 06/03/1997)

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