Psa. 16:11 You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Praise and worship is spontaneous, it is what we do when we see greatness. Take sporting events for example, great accomplishments are followed by exorbitant accolades. I think of greatness and I think of Usain Bolt or Carl Lewis in the Olympics, or Secretariat winning the Belmont Stakes, and for New Orleanians nothing tops the Saints winning the Super Bowl. I will never forget that night, the city was in an uproar and I was receiving phone calls from Africa, Australia, and Asia within seconds of the victory. Greatness absolutely demands a response. The moment is completed in sharing our response to greatness with our friends. We want to share those special moments with others. That brings us back to worship. One moment in the greatness of God’s presence absolutely demands a response. Seeing Him as He is causes us to magnify the greatest of all beings. That’s how you know for certain that someone has the real thing, worship is the unquestionable characteristic of the redeemed. Here are some thoughts from C.S. Lewis on the subject of praise.
“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 honor. I had never noticed that all enjoyment spontaneously overflows into praise. . . . The world rings with praise—lovers praising their mistresses, readers their favorite poet, walkers praising the countryside, players praising their favorite game—praise of weather, wines, dishes, actors, horses, colleges, countries, historical personages, children, flowers, mountains, rare stamps, rare beetles, even sometimes politicians and scholars. My whole, more general difficulty about the praise of God depended on my absurdly denying to us, as regards the supremely Valuable, what we delight to do, what indeed we can’t help doing, about everything else we value. I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation. It is not out of complement that lovers keep on telling one another how beautiful they are, the delight is incomplete till it is expressed.”
So when you see Him for yourself let it out. Responding to His love and mercy is what our praise is all about. No wonder Jesus said if you won’t praise Him even the rocks will cry out.