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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Isn't it Romantic?

"Thomas Traherne, the seventeenth century Christian writer, declared that the children of the King can never enjoy the world aright till every morning they wake up in heaven, see themselves in the Father's palace, and look upon the skies, the earth and the air as celestial joys, having such a reverent esteem for all as if they were among the angels."

More from A. W. Tozer's Man: The Dwelling Place of God, this time from the chapter "The Sanctification of the Secular," something I read in my devotional time this morning.

 Although Tozer was writing in the 20th century, citing the words of a 17th century writer, Traherne's declaration reminded me of the Romantics of the early 19th century. In our Edwards Academy study of the Romantic period, it is easy to notice the danger of seeking salvation in a back-to-the-earth love of (worship of) Nature. Nevertheless, the Romantics were on to something when they realized that Nature should startle us into worship. They just (often) got the object of worship wrong.

Image from Allposters.com, "The Cornfield" by John Constable, 1826.

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