Spontaneous Praise


Enjoyment SpontaneouslyOverflowsintoPraiseI recently ran across the following quote from C. S. Lewis in another book, The original source is Lewis’ Reflections on the Psalms.

“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.”

I can continue. Fans praise their favorite team or coach. Drivers praise their favorite car or truck. Hunters praise their favorite green field. Shooters praise their choice of gun. New parents praise their babies and grandparents praise their children’s children. C. S. Lewis’ point holds true: What we enjoy spontaneously overflows into praise.

Enjoyment spontaneously overflows into praise.

If we praise our spouse, poets and authors, a vista, games, teams, forms of government, or economic structures more than we praise God in Christ what might that say about what we truly enjoy?

If I talk, sing, share more about things of this existence, what does that say about might spiritual focus?

I am just thinking and asking.

-Scott

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