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I'm Lisa Bowman, editor of The Religion Network, a multi-faith Web site. We provide inspirational
quotes by exploring a new theme every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. This site is offered in the
conviction that inspiration can be found in all spiritual faiths, and furthermore, that finding the
commonalities among the world's religions is more healing than pointing up their differences.
Religion as an institution is precious gift, blessing individuals and uplifting communities.
However you choose to worship, I hope this site enhances your journey.
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On Today's Theme:
Praising God has always seemed like the most fun way
to pray; the "yippee" aspect of it is so joyous. Yet,
sometimes I idly mused: Was God so needy that He
required praise? Wasn't there perhaps a bit of a threat
in that request for praise, i.e., Praise Me, or just
maybe lightning will strike you?
Well, of course, neither is true. God wants us to praise
Him because of what it does for us. Praise is the result
of recognizing the fullness of God, which in turn means
that we have tasted, no, savored Divine Goodness, and
how wonderful an experience is that?
Delight in Him naturally produces praise. Praise is
the ultimate win-win situation for us.
- Lisa Bowman
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.
The Holy Bible, Revised Standard Version
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 honoureth me" (Psalm 50:23). It was hideously like saying, "What
I most want is to be told that I am good and great."
...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)...
...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...
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
...and now, The Last Word:
Praise the Lord!
Psalm 111: 1
Psalm 112: 1
Psalm 113: 1
Random Bonus Quote:
Only those who look with the eyes of children
can lose themselves in the object of their wonder.
Eberhard Arnold (1883-1935)
German Christian writer