Wednesday, November 22, 2006

The Gift of Praise

"God does not only 'demand' praise as the supremely beautiful and all-satisfying Object. He does apparently command it as lawgiver. The Jews were told to sacrifice. We are under an obligation to go to church...But for many people at many times the 'fair beauty of the Lord' is revealed briefly or only while they worship Him together. Even in Judaism the essence of the sacrifice was not really that men gave bulls and goats to God, but that by their so doing God gave Himself to men; in the central act of our own worship, of course, this is far clear--there it is manifestly, even physically, God who gives and we who receive." ~ C. S. Lewis; The Joyful Christian; pgs. 117-118

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