Saturday, January 13, 2007

Did You See That?

Something has really stuck with me about the first chapter of Desiring God. Praise completes our enjoyment of God. And maybe more than this, we love to share how excited we are about the things we love. It is almost as if the sharing, completes our worship. This is why I enjoy church services so much. I love to share with other people in our common love of the Almighty. Some things are just better shared with a friend and maybe worship is one of those things.

I had not noticed either that just as men spontaneously praise what ever they value, so they spontaneously urge us to join them in praising it: "Isn't she lovely? Wasn't it glorious? Don't you think that magnificent?" The Psalmists in telling everyone to praise God are doing what all men do when they speak of what they care about. My whole, more general, difficulty about the praise of God depended on my absurdly denying to us, as regards the supremely Valuable, what we delight to do, what indeed we can't help doing, about everything else we value.
I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation. It is not out of compliment that lovers keep on telling one another how beautiful they are; the delight is incomplete till it is expressed.

--C.S. Lewis


So the next time you see that beautiful sunset or are just in awe of the stars - go ahead and call your friend and tell them what a great God you serve!

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