Word about Praise
varied writings of C. S. Lewis, 1898-1963. This is the year we celebrate the
centenary of his birth.
A WORD ABOUT PRAISE
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 unless (sometimes even if) shyness or the fear of boring others is
deliberately brought in to check it. The world rings with praise lovers
praising [each other], readers their favourite 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, rare beetles, even sometimes
politicians or scholars. I had not noticed how the humblest, and at the same
time most balanced and capacious, minds praise most, while the cranks, misfits
and malcontents praise least. . . . Except where intolerably adverse
circumstances interfere, praise almost seems to be inner health made audible.
. . . . I had not noticed either 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? Don't you think that magnificent?"
The Psalmists in telling everyone to praise God are doing what all men do when
they speak of what they care about.
C. S. Lewis in REFLECTIONS ON THE PSALMS, Harcourt Brace, 1964, as quoted in
SPACE FOR GOD: THE STUDY AND PRACTICE OF PRAYER AND SPIRITUALITY by Don
Postma, CRC Publications, 1983
[Does your personal praise of God adequately reflect how much he means to you?
Is your praise of him equal to your praise of the many comforts and delights
he has offered? If you were to write a personal psalm of praise, what would it
Have a great day,
Pastor or Worship and Music
Chapel Hill Bible Church
Chapel Hill, North Carolina