All Glory (2)

Each aspect of worship, preaching, praying, sacraments all involve the glorification of God on the basis of what He has already done for us. It is also the heart of the missionary task of the church. It is the final joy of the saints, to rest from their labors, and the goal and purpose of all creation. “Our being changed from glory into glory is itself for the greater glory of God.” (Geoffrey Wainwright)

—John Thompson, “The Trinity and Worship,” in Modern Trinitarian Perspectives, 103-4

Duty and Delight

Isaac Watts:

Praise ye the Lord! ‘Tis good to raise
Your hearts and voices in His praise:
His nature and His works invite
To make this duty our delight.

Duty and delight combine in this anticipatory attainment of “man’s chief end,” “to glorify God and enjoy Him forever,” and it is God’s being, character, and acts—“His nature and His works”—which evoke our praise.

—Geoffrey Wainwright, Worship with One Accord: Where Liturgy and Ecumenism Embrace, 22

Final Worship

The worship of God is the most eschatological activity of the church, since it will endure into the final kingdom and indeed become so all-pervasive that there will be no need for a temple in the city of God, for “its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb,” and “the glory of God is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb” (Revelation 21:22-23).

—Geoffrey Wainwright, Worship with One Accord: Where Liturgy and Ecumenism Embrace, 31