“We owe God a love for what He is in Himself; and more for what He is, than for what He is to us.
God is more worthy of our affections because He is the eternal God, than because He is our Creator; because He is more excellent in His nature than in His transient actions.
The ‘Ancient of Days’ is to be served before all that are younger than Himself.
As God is infinite, He hath right to a boundless service; as He is eternal, He hath right to a perpetual service.
If God be infinite and eternal, He merits an honour and comportment from His creatures suited to the unlimited perfection of His nature, and the duration of His being. How worthy is the psalmist’s resolution, ‘I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have any being,’ (Ps. 104:33).
It is the use he makes of the endless duration of the glory of God, and will extend to all other service as well as praise. To serve other things, or to serve ourselves, is to waste a service upon that which is nothing.
In devoting ourselves to God, we serve Him that is;
–we serve Him that was, so as that He never began;
–we serve Him that is to come, so as that He never shall end;
–we serve Him by whom all things are what they are;
–and we serve Him who hath both eternal knowledge to remember our service and eternal goodness to reward it.”
–Stephen Charnock, “The Eternity of God,” in The Existence and Attributes of God, in The Works of Stephen Charnock, Vol. 1 (Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1681/2010), 1: 373.