From Reflections on the Psalms
by Lewis ( mentioned in a recent
Tim Keller sermon from Redeemer
of NYC....his new book is out!)
chapter called A Word About Praising:
"It is along these lines that I find it
easiest to understand the Christian
doctrine that "Heaven" is a state in which
angels now, and men hereafter, are
permanently employed in praising God.
This does not mean , as it can so dismally
suggest, that it is like 'being in church'.
For our 'services' both in their conduct and in
our power to participate , are merely attempts
at worship....We are not riders but pupils in
the riding school ..
To see what the doctrine really means , we
must suppose ourselves to be in perfect love
with God ~~ drunk with , drowned in,
dissolved by, that delight which ,
far from remaining pent up within ourselves
hardly tolerable, bliss, flows out from us
incessantly again in effortless and perfect
The Scotch catechism says that man's chief
end is 'to glorify God and enjoy Him forever"
But shall we then know that these things
are the same. Fully to enjoy is to glorify.
In commanding us to glorify Him ,
God is inviting us to enjoy Him.
Meanwhile of course we are merely, as Donne says,
tuning our instruments."