Why we Worship

PSALM 47

Clap your hands, all peoples!
  Shout to God with loud songs of joy!
For the LORD, the Most High, is to be feared,
  a great king over all the earth.
He subdued peoples under us,
  and nations under our feet.
He chose our heritage for us,
  the pride of Jacob whom he loves.

God has gone up with a shout,
  the LORD with the sound of a trumpet.
Sing praises to God, sing praises!
  Sing praises to our King, sing praises!
For God is the King of all the earth;
  sing praises with a psalm!

Why Sing?

God reigns over the nations;
  God sits on his holy throne.
The princes of the peoples gather
  as the people of the God of Abraham.
For the shields of the earth belong to God;
  he is highly exalted!


Why Scripture?



 
Praise to the Trinity
And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:16-17)


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In discussing a great work of art, C. S. Lewis argues for the response of admiration as wholly appropriate and expected.  The picture doesn’t so much “deserve” or “demand” admiration.  It is just that if we refuse to become caught up in the beauty of what we are observing, we are “stupid, insensible, and great losers, and we shall have missed something. 

“God is that object to admire, which, is simply to be awake, to have entered the real world; not to appreciate which is to have lost the greatest experience, and in the end to have lost all.  The incomplete and crippled lives of those who are tone deaf, have never been in love, never known true friendship, never cared for a good book, never enjoyed the feel of the morning air on their cheeks, never enjoyed football (I am one of these!), are faint images of it.”
   
“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 you.’  (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.”

“The world rings with praise.  Lovers praising their mistresses, readers their favorite poet, walkers praising the countryside, players praising their favorite game, praise of weather, wines, dishes, actors, motors, horses, colleges, countries, historical personages, children, flowers, mountains, rare stamps, even sometimes politicians or scholars. 

I had not noticed how the humblest and at the same time most balanced and capacious minds (essentially minds with lots of hard drive space) praised most, while the cranks, misfits and malcontents praised least.  Praise almost seems to be inner health made audible.  I had not noticed either that just as men praise spontaneously what they value, so they spontaneously urge us to join them in praise. Isn’t she lovely? Wasn’t that glorious? Don’t you think that magnificent? I think we delight to praise what we enjoy, because the praise not merely expresses, but completes the enjoyment.” C. S. Lewis                                      









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