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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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November 29, 2012 - Enjoying God

By Scott Harrup

I recently read the following statement from C.S. Lewis' "Reflections on the Psalms":

"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. … 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. … 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."

This foundational connection between praising God and enjoying Him, I believe, overflows into all of life. The more joyful our relationship with God, the more joyful we are, period. And the simplicity of that joy/praise connection demands no heavy theological framework.

In fact, believers can start to lose their joy in God when they become overburdened with theological questions, particularly during times of stress or emotional pain. I'm not saying it's wrong to ask questions, or futile to do so. But some questions are deep enough that no complete answer is available in this life. You might need to therapeutically ask the question, and then shelve it in your spirit and be content with incomplete answers.

At such moments, fill in the remaining gaps with praise. As you rediscover the joy of praising your Creator, you will find joy radiating into the darker corners of your day.

— Scott Harrup is managing editor of the Pentecostal Evangel and blogs at Out There (sharrup.agblogger.org).

 

 

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