Equip 1.12 from TRU
God is worshipped. All of creation was made to worship Him. What does this mean? Why would God demand our praise? When C. S. Lewis was exploring Christianity, he found this one thing about the Christian faith most disturbing. What Lewis later came to understand is that God’s revealing of Himself to us, accomplished most clearly in our praise and worship of Him, is the most loving act God can do for us.
But the most obvious fact about praise—whether of God or anything—strangely escaped me. I thought of it in terms of compliment, approval, or the giving of honour. 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 … that 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. … 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.
Our delight of God is only partial until it is voiced in praise. Our praise of God deepens, completes, and even consummates the joy that we have in Him.
God’s desire that we praise Him serves to expose to us the most profitable, valuable, and desirable object that humanity can experience. He has revealed Himself to us and requires that we praise Him. God is worshipped, and in this worship, our joy is made complete.
Frame, John. 1996. Worship in Spirit and Truth. Phillipsburg: P & R Publishing Company.
Lewis, C. S. 1958. Reflections on the Psalms. New York: Harcourt, Brace and World. (“Desiring God” by John Piper, The Mission Statement of Bethlehem Baptist Church) (www.desiringgod.org)
“All you people of the earth, tremble when you are with him. The world is firmly set in place. It can’t be moved. Let the heavens be filled with joy. Let the earth be glad. Let them say among the nations, “The Lord rules!” Let the ocean and everything in it roar. Let the fields and everything in them be glad. Then the trees in the forest will sing with joy. They will sing to the Lord. He will judge the people of the world. Give thanks to the Lord, because he is good. His faithful love continues forever.” ¬—1 Chronicles 16:30–34 (NIrV)
God is worshipped, for He is worthy. Read Job 38—42:6 (NIrV)
“Jesus came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives. There the whole crowd of disciples began to praise God with joy. In loud voices they praised him for all the miracles they had seen. They shouted, ‘Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!’ —(Psalm 118:26) ‘May there be peace and glory in the highest heaven!’ Some of the Pharisees in the crowd spoke to Jesus. ‘Teacher,’ they said, ‘tell your disciples to stop!’ ‘I tell you,’ he replied, ‘if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.’”
—Luke 19:37–40 (NIrV)