Ps.63:4,5 – Daily I will worship you passionately and with all my heart.
My arms will wave to you like banners of praise.
I overflow with praise when I come before you,
for the anointing of your presence satisfies me like nothing else.
You are such a rich banquet of pleasure to my soul.
Worship doesn’t even make sense to a natural person. The one who has not tasted grace for themselves has no way of understanding the concept of praise. Praise is what the drunkards do. What do I mean by that? I mean those who have tasted and been immersed in God have entered another world. To those trapped in the natural realm the worshippers seem to be intoxicated or disoriented. Actually the opposite is true, worshippers have seen God for Who He is. When that happens their view of everything else is radically and permanently changed. They may appear to be “out of touch” but nothing could be further from the truth. They have tasted God and now see Him and everything He has made from a whole new perspective. Worship is not optional – greatness demands it. Here is how C. S. Lewis describes the drunken lovers.
“To see what the doctrine (of worship) really means, we must suppose ourselves to be in perfect love with God— drunk with, drowned in, dissolved by, that delight which, far from remaining pent up within ourselves as incommunicable, hence hardly tolerable, bliss, flows out from us incessantly again in effortless and perfect expression, our joy no more separable from the praise in which it liberates and utters itself than the brightness a mirror receives is separable from the brightness it sheds. The Scotch catechism says that man’s chief end is ‘to glorify God and enjoy Him forever’. But we shall then know that these are the same thing. Fully to enjoy is to glorify. In commanding us to glorify Him, God is inviting us to enjoy Him.”
I love this quote, glorifying God and enjoying Him are inseparable, they are actually the same thing. That being true my life has become way more exciting and way more meaningful. I can pursue joy (in God) as the ambition of my life without shame. The more I am successful in my pursuit of joy the more God is glorified. This is why I was born, to glorify God by enjoying Him forever.