Ps.146:1,2 – Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!
My innermost being will praise you, Lord!
I will spend my life praising you and
singing high praises to you, my God, every day of my life!
Praise is something that comes naturally (or should I say supernaturally). It’s not like we come to some philosophical conclusion, “I need to improve my praise life”. Real praise and worship is just a spontaneous reaction. It’s like a surprising response to the amazing goodness and love of our Savior. We see Jesus and His love for us and the only response we can have is adorning worship. Worship becomes part of our very nature. As a matter of fact it becomes the highest enjoyment in our lives. Once you become a worshipper of God, His goodness and enjoying His goodness becomes the highest pursuit in your life. This is how C. S. Lewis describes it.
“I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation.”
The praising of greatness is necessarily proportional. When we catch a glimpse of His infinite greatness we become consumed or swallowed up in the vortex of His love. It’s like being sucked into the gravitational pull of a heavenly object, once you’ve been caught there is no escape. Here is how Lewis goes on to compare God’s worthiness to our response.
“The worthier the object, the more intense this delight would be. If it were possible for a created soul fully (I mean, up to the full measure conceivable in a finite being) to ‘appreciate’, that is to love and delight in, the worthiest object of all, and simultaneously at every moment to give this delight perfect expression, then that soul would be in supreme beatitude. It is along these lines that I find it easiest to understand the Christian doctrine that ‘Heaven’ is a state in which angels now, and men hereafter, are perpetually employed in praising God.”
No wonder why David was so consumed with worship; God had revealed His glory to him all throughout his life. When David danced with all his might before the ark, he was considered by many (even his wife) to be a radical. David was responding the only way he could, to see the infinite glory of God and not worship is actually not even possible.