we got spirit- yes we do.... for many things other than christ

i didnt realize that it has been nearly two months since i have posted anything. if anyone is left reading, thanks for checking in.

i have been thinking a lot lately about joy in the life of the christian. things like, why is it so easy to get excited about a sports team, election, favorite restaurant, news about a friend or relative, etc. but when it comes to things of the lord, those who do get excited are labled as fanatics, over-zealous, or worse.

why is that?
i think jared wilson offers a good perspective by referencing  an oft quoted c.s. lewis passage:

Worship of God is enjoyment of God. We have no problem laughing at something funny, smiling at something pretty, “mmmm”-ing something delicious, humming something catchy, or cheering something exciting in the stadium, but when we get into church on Sunday mornings, we have trouble worshiping because we don’t know and enjoy God the same way we know and enjoy jokes, pictures, food, songs, or sports.

In Reflections on the Psalms, C.S. Lewis writes:

But 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 . . . shyness or the fear of boring others is deliberately brought in to check it. The world rings with praise – lovers praising their mistresses [Romeo praising Juliet and vice versa], readers their favourite poet, walkers praising the countryside, players praising their favourite 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. . . . 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.We praise what we care about.

no matter what our temperment or the degree to which we ever get excited about anything, how often can it be said of us that we get the most excited, are the most passionate about the lord and his glory?

what woudl our lives look like if we enjoyed him as we should? what would our corporate worship services look like if we took to heart passages such as Deuteronomy 28:47; Psalm 16:11;  21:6;  32:11;  37:4;  43:4;  63:3;  100:1-5; Matthew 13:44; Mark 12:30; Philippians 4:4; 1 Peter 1:8.

i challenge you to take the time to look those passages up and pray that the lord would make us most joyful, most satisfied, and most delighted in him.

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