Dr. John Piper is the senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and he has written a book on the enjoyment of God which he calls Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist. Picking up on the first answer of the Westminster Shorter Catechism, which I have just cited in yesterday’s study, Piper urges Christians to glorify God by enjoying him, for that is what God wants and it is both our greatest duty and pleasure.

So let me ask, does the thought of praising God seem boring to you? At least if you are asked to do it more than a brief sixty minutes on Sunday morning? If it does, you should recall that it is for this we were created. The first question of the Westminster Shorter Catechism asks, “What is the chief end of man?" It answers: "Man's chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever."

In most Reformed circles and in some others there is an ongoing debate about the right way to observe Sunday. Some see it as an extension of the Jewish Sabbath and call for an end to all work, except what are called works of necessity, like providing emergency medicine and fighting fires. This is called the Puritan view. Others regard Sunday as a day for Christian worship but do not forbid other positive activities. This view is sometimes called the continental understanding of the Sabbath.

The last three verses of this psalm contain a confirming oracle of God in which the controlling pronoun switches from "you,” which dominated in verses 3-13, back to "I," as in verse 2. Only here the "I" is God himself. In these verses God adds his seal to what the psalmist has been saying. God promises three things to those who trust him.

Much of what is found in the third stanza of this psalm (vv. 9-11) is like what we have seen already. It tells us that "no harm will befall" us, and that "no disaster will come near your tent" (v. 10). But there are a few new elements.