I find it interesting that so many non-Christians find the idea of God desiring and delighting in the praise of people abhorrent – as though he is an egomaniac! Here is a homespun response:
A poor family lives on a humble city street. One day there is a knock at the door and in comes Maestro X, the greatest violinist of his era. He says, “I would love to play my violin for you. Listen.” And he plays and plays in the beauty of perfection.
At the end of the concert, his small audience can’t thank him enough for his graciousness and kindness, They praise his playing, and strive to express the honor of having him give this irreplaceable gift to them. This is a meet and proper response. Anything else would be inadequate and churlish. Who would ever deny that?
Of course, the gift God gives to us is not only music. It is this world and our life in it. And – as we remember at Christmas – ultimately Himself, in Christ. But, as Paul Harvey always said, and our pastor often quotes: You know “the rest of the story.”
Vicious, wicked, ungrateful human nature!. Men may be praised, and praised to the utmost. God may not!
Not even an honorable mention….