This passage I just happened to read today seems to be just right for contemplating at the beginning of a new year. Its focus is the Lord’s nature and works, but it includes instruction to us humans, too. The second line makes me think how all of our art and culture ought to be to His glory, and done to the best of our ability, demonstrating the best of our humanity made in His image.
Sing to Him a new song;
Sing praises beautifully with a shout.
For the word of the Lord is right,
And all His works are done in faithfulness.
He loves mercy and judgment;
The earth is full of the Lord’s mercy.
Psalm 32: 3-5 (Septuagint)
Lord, fill us with Your Holy Spirit this year so that
we would be in unity with that mercy that your earth is full of,
and may our lives be a beautiful praise song to You.