“Know that the LORD is God.
He made us, and we belong to him;
we are his people, the sheep he tends.
Come into his city with songs of thanksgiving and into his courtyards with songs of praise.
Thank him and praise his name.
The LORD is good. His love is forever,
and his loyalty goes on and on.” – Psalms 100:3-5
“I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation.
It is not out of compliment that lovers keep on telling one another how beautiful they are; the delight is incomplete till it is expressed.
It is frustrating to have discovered a new author and not to be able to tell anyone how good he is; to come suddenly, at the turn of the road, upon some mountain valley of unexpected grandeur and then to have to keep silent because the people with you care for it no more than for a tin can in the ditch; to hear a good joke and find no one to share it with. . . .
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.” – C. S. Lewis in “Reflections on the Psalms”
This is SO the inspiration, the very breath of corporate praise and worship!!
To KNOW the individual beside you, behind you, and in front of you has experienced your same incredible God and appreciates Him and is expressing their own equal awe of Him is an incredible confirmation of our own desire to glorify and thoroughly enjoy His presence!