All Creation Betrothed to God

All Creation Betrothed to God

George Herbert died on this day in 1633. I return to his poetry for my own soul more, probably, than any poet outside the Bible.

In a poem called “Ungratefulness,” he shows how the Trinity and the Incarnation draw all the work of creation finally into God’s enjoyment.

Just as God exulted over his creation in the beginning with, “It is very good,” so in the end he will look on what he has made and redeemed and delight in it with exceeding joy (Zephaniah 3:17).

Thou hast but two rare cabinets full of treasure,
The Trinity, and Incarnation:
    Thou hast unlocked them both,
And made them jewels to betroth
    The work of thy creation
Unto thyself in everlasting pleasure.

John Piper (@JohnPiper) is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is author of more than 50 books.