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Why Do We Worship?

In Soul Food on February 23, 2013 by The Spillover

Why do we worship God? Because we want God. We exalt him precisely because we enjoy him. C.S. Lewis expresses this wonderfully when he writes,

All enjoyment spontaneously overflows into praise… The world rings with praise — lovers praising their mistresses, readers their favourite poet, walkers praising the countryside, players praising their favourite game… I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation.

When we delight in something, we declare our delight. When we adore someone, we announce our adoration. Isn’t this, then, the essence of worship — lifting up with our lips and our lives the one we love above everything else?

–David Platt, Follow Me, p. 119

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