Why are we commanded to praise?

The following is an excerpt from CS Lewis’ Reflections on the Psalms.  It is a marvelous reminder of what a heart of praise is, namely not something we can manufacture, but rather something that overflows naturally.  I pray that we would all draw closer to the God is infinitely worthy of praise.

“But the most obvious fact about praise—whether of God or any- thing—strangely escaped me. I thought of it in terms of compliment, approval, or the giving of honor. I had never noticed that all enjoyment spontaneously overflows into praise…. The world rings with praise— lovers praising their mistresses, readers their favorite poet, walkers praising the countryside, players praising their favorite game….

My whole, more general difficulty about the praise of God depended on my absurdly denying to us, as regards the supremely Valuable, what we delight to do, what indeed we can’t help doing, about everything else we value.

I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation.”[1]


[1] C. S. Lewis, Reflections on the Psalms (New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, 1958), 94–5.

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