Unbelievably, I had never read a single word by A.W. Tozer until I opened this posthumously-published volume called Delighting in God. Compiled and edited by James L. Snyder, Delighting in God is billed as the follow-up to The Knowledge of the Holy. Now that I’ve consumed these 199 pages, there is no doubt that I will return to the well to read their predecessor.
The general purpose of this book is to examine the modern church (during his lifetime) and our perception of God—what we get right, what we fail to see correctly, and how Scripture repairs our faulty perception of a God who is higher and holier than our finite minds can fathom. In fact, he states this as the purpose of the book on p. 58: “to be faithful to point out that the evangelical church today has some serious spiritual problems, the primary one being a loss of the perception of God that has been its hallmark since its inception.” Despite its being recorded in the mid-twentieth century, Tozer’s indictment of the church is uncomfortably close to home. Overall, he charges the church to relinquish their lukewarm attitude toward God, His work, and our participation in it—and every action (or the inaction) that flows from that heart attitude. Tozer aptly handles the Word of truth to illustrate how a proper view of God and His attributes leads to a heart that more deeply desires and delights in the Lord. Tozer took special pains to deal with our perception of God’s perfection, grace, mercy, power, and goodness. In my experience, it is precisely these attributes of God that the enemy would have me to question. Dwelling on these facets of God left me encouraged, humbled, and convicted.
I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone, but especially those who feel that small tug at their souls—the tug that suggests the once-intense passion for God and His glory has become less vibrant, more ember than flame. Delighting in God will help you do exactly that once again.
Soli Deo gloria,
*In exchange for my honest opinion, I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House.