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TODAY'S THEME: A Word About Praising

 

 
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Excerpt one from C.S. Lewis' "A Word about Praising"

When I first began to draw near to belief in God and even for some time
after it had been given to me, I found a stumbling block in the demand
so clamorously made by all religious people that we should "praise" God;
still more in the suggestion that God Himself demanded it. We all despise
the man who demands continuous assurance of his own virtue, intelligence
or delightfulness; we despise still more the crowd of people round every
dictator, every millionaire, every celebrity, who gratify that demand. Thus a
picture, at once ludicrous and horrible, both of God and of His worshippers,
threatened to appear in my mind...Worse still was the statement put into
God's own mouth, "whoso offereth me thanks and praise, he honoreth
me" (Psalm 50:23). It was hideously like saying "What I most want is
to be told that I am good and great."...More than once the Psalmists
seemed to be saying, "You like praise. Do this for me,
and you shall have some."
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My lips will pour forth praise
that thou dost teach me thy statutes.
My tongue will sing of thy word,
for all thy commandments are right.
Let thy hand be ready to help me,
for I have chosen thy precepts.

Psalm 119:171-173
The Holy Bible, Revised Standard Version


Excerpt two from C. S. Lewis' "A Word About Praising"

Gratitude to God, reverence to Him, obedience to Him, I
thought I could understand; not this perpetual eulogy...

But of course this is not all. God does not only "demand"
praise as the supremely beautiful and all-satisfying Object.
He does apparently command it as lawgiver. The Jews were told
to sacrifice. We are under an obligation to go to church. But
this was a difficulty only because I did not then understand
...that it is in the process of being worshipped that God
communicates His presence to men...
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And he who praises and marvels at the grace displayed towards himself will thus be more devoted and more earnest. 'Which He freely bestowed on us' he says. He does not say, 'Which He has graciously given us,' but 'wherein He has shown grace to us.' That is to say, He has not only released us from our sins, but he has also made us fitting objects of His love...It is thus that God has arrayed and adorned this soul of ours, and clothed it with beauty, and rendered it an object of His delight and love.

St. John Chysostom (349-407)
Greek, a Christian Bishop in Syria & Constantiople
From his Letter to the Ephesians, Chapter 1:3



Excerpt three from C. S. Lewis' "A Word About Praising"

The miserable idea that God should in any sense need, or crave
for, our worship like a vain woman wanting compliments, or a vain
author presenting his new books to people who never met or heard
of him, is implicitly answered by the words, "If I be hungry I
will not tell thee" (Psalm 50: 12). Even if such an absurd Deity
could be conceived, He would hardly come to us, the lowest of
rational creatures, to gratify His appetite. I don't want my
dog to bark approval of my books...
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Praise the Lord, all nations!
Extol him, all peoples!
For great is His steadfast love toward us,
and the faithfulness of the Lord endures for ever.
Praise the Lord!
Psalm 117

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Excerpt four from C. S. Lewis' "A Word About Praising"

I had never noticed that all enjoyment spontaneously overflows into praise...The world rings with praise--lovers praising their mistresses, readers their favourite poet, walkers praising the countryside...I had not noticed how the humblest, and at the same time most balanced and capacious, minds, praised most, while the cranks, misfits and malcontents praised least...I had not noticed either tha just as men spontaneously praise whatever they value, so they spontaneously urge us to join them in praising it:"Isn't she lovely? Wasn't it glorious?"...The Psalmists in telling everyone to praise God are doing what all men do when they speak of what they care about...I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation.

And now, the Last Word:

Fully to enjoy is to glorify.
In commanding us to glorify Him,
God is inviting us to enjoy Him.


C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)
Irish author and scholar, best known for his
children's series, "The Chronicles of Narnia"

 

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Bonus quote:
There is love like fire, and there is love like water.
Rabbi Schneur Zalman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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On today's site:

-O God, the spring of all our joys
(Hymn from 1800s)

-About Praising God,
part one

(C. S. Lewis )

-My lips pour forth praise
(Psalm 119)

-About Praising God, part two
(C. S. Lewis)


-God adorns our soul
(St. Chysostom)

-About Praising God, part three
(C. S. Lewis)

-Praise the Lord, all nations!
(Psalm 117)

-About Praising God, part four
(C.S. Lewis)


And The Last Word:
Psalm 111, 112, 113