Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Work as Praise
"In the end this is what we will make of the world: You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created (Rev. 4:11). Wouldn't it be strangely empty to sing that song in a new world where all those things had lost their being and were now only a memory? To the contrary, they will be present in all their fullness, and our cultivation of them will prompt endless delight in the One who brought them into being. The hymn-writer Isaac Watts put it perfectly in his setting of Psalm 23: 'Oh, may thy house be mine abode, and all my work be praise.' In the new city our work will be praise" (Culture Making, p. 174).