praise

Lewis on Praise

"The most obvious fact about praise whether of God or anything strangely escaped me. I thought of it in terms of compliment, approval, or the giving of honour. I had never noticed that all enjoyment spontaneously overflows into praise unless (sometimes even if) shyness or the fear of boring others is deliberately brought in to check it. The world rings with praise lovers praising [each other], readers their favourite poet, walkers praising the countryside, players praising their favorite game, praise of weather, wines, dishes, actors, motors, horses, colleges, countries, historical personages, children, flowers, mountains, rare stamps, rare beetles, even sometimes politicians or scholars.

I had not noticed how the humblest, and at the same time most balanced and capacious, minds praise most, while the cranks, misfits and malcontents praise least. . . . Except where intolerably adverse circumstances interfere, praise almost seems to be inner health made audible.. . . I had not noticed either that just as men spontaneously praise whatever they value, so they spontaneously urge us to join them in praising it: 'Isn't she lovely? Wasn't it glorious? Don't you think that magnificent?' The Psalmists in telling everyone to praise God are doing what all men do when they speak of what they care about."


Chip's Thoughts:

Does your personal praise of God adequately reflect how much he means to you? Is your praise of him equal to your praise of the many comforts and delights he has offered? If you were to write a personal psalm of praise, what would it
be like?


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Stam on Doxology

Today's Worship Quote of the Week is a word study and a short scripture passage.

DOXOLOGY: a hymn or form of words containing an ascription of praise to God [from the Greek doxo (praise) and logos (word)].

In Christian worship, we hear the word used in different ways:

Greater Doxology, or song of the angels:
"Gloria in excelsis Deo" (Glory to God in the highest)

Lesser Doxology:
"Gloria Patri" (Glory to the Father and to the Son…)

Metric Doxology:
"Praise God from whom all blessings flow."

The New Testament contains a number of hymns of praise to God including the Romans Doxology. We'll read these words of the Apostle Paul from two different English versions.

Romans Doxology: Romans 11:33-36 (from the NIV84)
Oh the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!
"Who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been his counselor?" [quote from Isaiah 40:13]
"Who has ever given to God that God should repay him?" [quote from Job 41:11]
For from him and through him and to him are all things.
To him be glory forever!
Amen!

[and...]

Romans Doxology: Romans 11:33-36 (from The Message)
Have you ever come on anything like this extravagant generosity of God, this
deep, deep wisdom? It's way over our heads. We'll never figure it out.

Is there anyone around who can explain God?
Anyone smart enough to tell him what to do?
Anyone who has done him such a huge favor that God has to ask his advice?

Everything comes from him;
Everything happens through him;
Everything ends up in him.
Always glory! Always praise!
Yes. Yes. Yes.


CHIP'S THOUGHTS

Maybe you ought to write your own doxology.

Have a great week!


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Dead Sea Scrolls "Angelic Litrugy"

Here's a WORSHIP QUOTE that's a little off the beaten path. These are some liturgical phrases, not a consecutive paragraph, from the manuscripts discovered at Qumran (Dead Sea Scrolls).

"Praise Him ... for in the magnificence of the praise is the glory of his kingdom ... For he is God of all who sing with knowledge forever ...

Chant:
to the powerful God with the chosen spiritual portion, so that it is a melody with the joy of God, and celebration with all the holy ones, for a wonderful song in eternal happiness ... Sing to the God who is awesome in power."

-from what scholars call "the Angelic Liturgy," mostly from Cave IV, as translated in The Dead Sea Scrolls Translated, Florentino Garcia Martinez, pp. 422-423.


CHIP'S THOUGHTS

The initial Dead Sea Scrolls discovery was in 1946-7, but in 1952 researchers found the most important discovery of all in Cave IV, a library containing some 400,000 fragments from 400 different manuscripts, one-fourth of which were biblical. I wonder what church historians will find to document the worship life of the Christian Church at the end of 2nd millennium after Christ. Will it be clear from "our" documents what was important to us - unity, diversity, instruments, voices, corporate worship, personal worship, music, text, accompaniment, harmony, celebration, contemplation, confession, knowledge of God's word, experiencing God's presence and power, etc.? 

Have a great week!


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Lewis, With A Word About Praise

A WORD ABOUT PRAISE

The most obvious fact about praise whether of God or anything strangely escaped me. I thought of it in terms of compliment, approval, or the giving of honour. I had never noticed that all enjoyment spontaneously overflows into praise unless (sometimes even if) shyness or the fear of boring others is deliberately brought in to check it. The world rings with praise lovers praising [each other], readers their favourite poet, walkers praising the countryside, players praising their favorite game praise of weather, wines, dishes, actors, motors, horses, colleges, countries, historical personages, children, flowers, mountains, rare stamps, rare beetles, even sometimes politicians or scholars. I had not noticed how the humblest, and at the same time most balanced and capacious, minds praise most, while the cranks, misfits and malcontents praise least. . . . Except where intolerably adverse circumstances interfere, praise almost seems to be inner health made audible.. . . . I had not noticed either that just as men spontaneously praise whatever they value, so they spontaneously urge us to join them in praising it: "Isn't she lovely? Wasn't it glorious? Don't you think that magnificent?" The Psalmists in telling everyone to praise God are doing what all men do when they speak of what they care about.

C. S. Lewis in REFLECTIONS ON THE PSALMS, Harcourt Brace, 1964, as quoted in
SPACE FOR GOD: THE STUDY AND PRACTICE OF PRAYER AND SPIRITUALITY by Don
Postma, CRC Publications, 1983


CHIP'S THOUGHTS

Does your personal praise of God adequately reflect how much he means to you? Is your praise of him equal to your praise of the many comforts and delights he has offered? If you were to write a personal psalm of praise, what would it be like?

Have a great day.

(Originally posted 6/23/1998)


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Dudley-Smith on A House of Praise

WHEN GOD THE SPIRIT CAME

When God the Spirit came
upon his church outpoured
in sound of wind and sign of flame
they spread his truth abroad,
and filled with the Spirit
proclaimed that Christ is Lord.

What courage, power and grace
That youthful church displayed!
to those of every tribe and race
they witnessed unafraid,
and filled with the Spirit
they broke their bread and prayed.

They saw God’s word prevail,
his kingdom shall increase,
no part of all his purpose fail,
no promised blessing cease,
and filled with the Spirit
knew love and joy and peace.

Their theme was Christ alone,
the Lord who lived and died,
who rose to his eternal throne
at God the Father’s side;
and filled with the Spirit
the church was multiplied.

So to this present hour
our task is still the same,
in pentecostal love and power
his gospel to proclaim,
and filled with the Spirit,
rejoice in Jesus’ name.

—Timothy Dudley-Smith, from A HOUSE OF PRAISE: COLLECTED HYMNS 1961-2001, © 2003 Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL 60188. ISBN 0-916642-74-7. All rights reserved. Used by permission. [This book is highly recommended.]

For permission to copy or use this hymn, please contact:
Hope Publishing Company, 380 S. Main Place, Carol Stream, IL 60188
1-800-323-1049, Fax: (630) 665-3200
Email: permission@hopepublishing.com
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CHIP'S THOUGHTS

Today’s WORSHIP QUOTE is a wonderful Pentecost text from the pen of Timothy Dudley-Smith. The focus is on the work of the Holy Spirit in the believer and in the church—then and now. The hymn is drawn from the narrative in Acts 2 and also from Galatians 5:22. Try reading this out loud.


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Lewis on Praise

"The most obvious fact about praise whether of God or anything strangely escaped me. I thought of it in terms of compliment, approval, or the giving of honour. I had never noticed that all enjoyment spontaneously overflows into praise unless (sometimes even if) shyness or the fear of boring others is deliberately brought in to check it. The world rings with praise lovers praising [each other], readers their favourite poet, walkers praising the countryside, players praising their favorite game, praise of weather, wines, dishes, actors, motors, horses, colleges, countries, historical personages, children, flowers, mountains, rare stamps, rare beetles, even sometimes politicians or scholars.

I had not noticed how the humblest, and at the same time most balanced and capacious, minds praise most, while the cranks, misfits and malcontents praise least. . . . Except where intolerably adverse circumstances interfere, praise almost seems to be inner health made audible.. . . I had not noticed either that just as men spontaneously praise whatever they value, so they spontaneously urge us to join them in praising it: 'Isn't she lovely? Wasn't it glorious? Don't you think that magnificent?' The Psalmists in telling everyone to praise God are doing what all men do when they speak of what they care about."

Chip's Thoughts:

Does your personal praise of God adequately reflect how much he means to you? Is your praise of him equal to your praise of the many comforts and delights he has offered? If you were to write a personal psalm of praise, what would it
be like?

Have a great day,

Chip Stam


To find out more about Chip Stam and his Worship Quote of the Week, click below.