“All enjoyment spontaneously overflows into praise.”
So writes CS Lewis in his Reflections on the Psalms, as he tackles the subject of praise.:
“And just as men spontaneously praise what 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's magnificent?’”
Perhaps that's why this video has been seen more than 38 million times on YouTube - a moment of surprise and wonderment, as well as a desire to share something beautiful and unexpected:
Here in Vancouver, we know well the downpour that shapes much of our daily lives and sometimes, our outlook on life - but the act of praise can sometimes get us through the most drenching of circumstances:
Whether your praise comes out of enjoyment, a need to share with others, a bursting desire to celebrate something unexpected and beautiful or a joyful heart that splashes right through muddy puddles of circumstance, Psalms 100 & 113 urge us to bring our praises to the Lord in the same way.
We are to enter His gates with thanksgiving and praise as it flows out of our enjoyment, our wonderment at His works, our delight in His love.
Some days, this is easier to do than others. The world rushes in with its endless demands and problems, and our delight ebbs away. But the very structure of Psalm 100 precipitates praise, and a way forward - both stanzas begin with an exhortation to sing and be glad, simply because we exist (verse 3) and He loves us (verse 5). That's a pretty broad gate to enter through.
Spend some time today in prayer with Psalm 113 and 100, asking the Lord to rekindle that spark of enjoyment and delight that will overflow into praise, even if it's as simple as a new revelation of the glorious fact that God made you, and he loves you.