Monday, November 07, 2005

Worshipping the Giver, Not the Gifts

One of the most important things I've learned from John Piper is that we must always be on guard to worship the Giver, not the gifts--to love God, not simply what he has given us.

That's the point of this stanza from Anne R. Cousin's hym, "The Sands of Time Are Sinking." The entire hymn was inspired by Samuel Rutherford's Letters, and this stanza in particular was built upon Letters 21 and 168.

The Bride eyes not her garment, But her dear Bridegroom's face
I will not gaze at glory, But on my King of Grace—
Not at the crown He gifteth, But on His pierc├Ęd hand:—
The Lamb is all the glory Of Immanuel's land.