Excitement is contagious. We know this, but sometimes need a good reminder. Last week my son came into the room decked out in camo. His request? To dig a hole. Yes, you read that right. Within minutes he recruited a buddy, borrowed my shovels, and got to work in the woods behind our house. I’m not sure what the point was, beyond “fun,” as he called it. But they almost had me convinced to join them digging in the rocks and clay! A few days later I bumped into a senior adult who had discovered a special word “cheat sheet” for the game, “Scrabble.” She was happily studying special words in order to gain an upper hand for the next time she played. Suddenly I became interested in words like “adze,” “zein,” and “qat,” borrowed her page, and made a quick trip to the copy machine with a glimmer in my eye.
There is something powerful about expressing praise. When we see or experience something wonderful we MUST tell someone. From sunsets to slam dunks, and milkshakes to mountain landscapes, we are naturally drawn to share, wear, tell, or sell what we love. We can’t help it. In his Reflections on Psalms, C.S. Lewis wrote, “we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment.” Praise is the product of joy, and delight is meant to be expressed.
Our problem is not that we seek too much happiness and pleasure, but we settle for lesser things. In his sermon, “The Weight of Glory,” C.S. Lewis said, “it would seem that our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
God made us to love Him. To know Him. To enjoy Him. At the root of sin is the tragedy of settling for less. We SHOULD enjoy God’s gifts, but do we see Him as our greatest good. To reject loving, knowing, and enjoying God is to rip ourselves off from true joy and freedom. When we sin we trade worshipping the Creator for worshipping His creation. When we sin we look TO God’s gifts for joy instead of looking THROUGH God’s gifts to seek Him as our greatest joy.
Do you enjoy God? If you truly know God, you will enjoy Him. Those who do not know God do not enjoy Him. Isaiah 61:10 reads, “I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.”
We can hardly comprehend the beauty, power, and glory of God. Just a glimpse of His greatness, or a taste of His goodness leaves us wanting more. Our attraction grows. Our love deepens. We can’t help but tell someone about Him. The church at Ephesus did a lot of things “right” and God commended them for that. But He had something against them: they had lost their “first love” (Revelation 2:1-7). Look to His glory and greatness. Trust me. Your love and excitement will become contagious.