Sweet Is the Work

Jesus said, “If…thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light” (Matthew 6:22, 3 Nephi 13:22).

Alma shared the joy he experienced as he dedicated himself to the work God had called him to do: “I glory in that which the Lord hath commanded me; yea, and this is my glory, that perhaps I may be an instrument in the hands of God to bring some soul to repentance; and this is my joy” (Alma 29:9).

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf recently reminded us that simplifying our service can increase our happiness:

As we seek to purify our lives and look unto Christ in every thought, everything else begins to align. Life no longer feels like a long list of separate efforts held in tenuous balance.

Over time, it all becomes one work.

One joy.

One holy purpose.

It is the work of loving and serving God. It is loving and serving God’s children.

When we look at our lives and see a hundred things to do, we feel overwhelmed. When we see one thing—loving and serving God and His children, in a hundred different ways—then we can work on those things with joy.

Our Heartfelt All,” General Conference, April 2022

Psalm 92 captures this simple joy of the gospel. Here is the first part of that psalm alongside a paraphrase of the psalm by Isaac Watts, which we know as the hymn “Sweet Is the Work” (Hymns, 147):

Psalm 92Sweet Is the Work
1 It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High:
2 To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night,
1. Sweet is the work, my God, my King,
To praise thy name, give thanks and sing,
To show thy love by morning light,
And talk of all thy truths at night.
3 Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound.2. Sweet is the day of sacred rest.
No mortal care shall seize my breast.
Oh, may my heart in tune be found,
Like David’s harp of solemn sound!
4 For thou, Lord, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands.
5 O Lord, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep.
3. My heart shall triumph in my Lord
And bless his works and bless his word.
Thy works of grace, how bright they shine!
How deep thy counsels, how divine!

Here is a recording of the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square singing this hymn:

Today, I will find joy in loving and serving God and His children. I will remember that the work can be sweet and joyful when we simplify and focus on what God has called us to do.

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