In a sermon in Chicago, A. W. Tozer asked the congregation to pray for him. He asked that they would pray that God would help him live long enough to write a book on the attributes of God devotionally. The Knowledge of the Holy was the answer to that prayer. The Knowledge of the Holy was the last book that Tozer wrote, but he intended to follow the book with Delighting in God. James Snyder, a recognized authority on the life and ministry of Tozer, compiled and edited Delighting in God from Tozer’s sermons, most preached after the publication of The Knowledge of the Holy.
The purpose of this book: 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. (p. 58)
In the evangelical church, we seem to have a great deal of passion for everything but God. We look around for activities that consume the resources of our lives. Instead of looking around at the world, we need to look up to the source of our redemption. We are so caught up with all the modern gadgets and methods that we have lost our passion for God. (p. 20)
Becoming a Christian is not just nodding to a few truths and then saying, “I accept Jesus.” It is infusing into your life the divine power, the same power that raised Jesus from the dead. This is the tremendous work of the Holy Spirit to bring you into the divine world of redemption. (p. 18)
What if we focused upon the spiritual rather than our worldly activities?What if we asked our Christian brothers and sisters “How’s your soul this Sunday morning?” rather than “Who won the game last night?”Might our hearts pant after God “as the deer pants after the water brooks?” (p. 198)