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Praise: the consummation of joy

Article by Sam Storms (Source: Desiring God)

My understanding of the nature of worship was radically transformed by a fundamental truth I found in C.S. Lewis, who died more than 50 years ago.

What Lewis helped me grasp is best explained by looking briefly at his own struggle with worship as he explained it in the essay titled, “A Word About Praising,” in his short book, Reflections on the Psalms, pages 90–98 in my worn, 1958 edition.

In a word, Lewis enabled me to recognise that not only was it permissible to enjoy God in worship, it was absolutely essential if I was truly to honour him. He said it in this one profound statement: “I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation.” But there is a lot that leads up to this statement. For in our gladness in Him is His glory in us.
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