The Praise of God: And This is Not Egomania
In many places in the Bible, we see people praising God. The book of Psalms alone gives us examples.
2I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High. (Psalm 9:2, emphasis added)
13Be exalted, O LORD, in your strength! We will sing and praise your power. (Psalm 21:13, emphasis added)
22I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will praise you: 23You who fear the LORD, praise him! All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him, and stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel! (Psalm 22:22-23, emphasis added)
4Sing praises to the LORD, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name. (Psalm 30:8, emphasis added)
1Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion, and to you shall vows be performed. (Psalm 65:1, emphasis added)
The people were praising Him. And the Psalms even invite (and command) us to praise Him. That’s what we’re supposed to do, right? But doesn’t this make God an egomaniac?
C.S. Lewis was bothered by this at first. But see what he writes about 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…I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation.1 (Emphasis added)
The apex of our joy results to praise. Our praise of God makes our joy complete! Our praise of God glorifies Him and makes us fully happy!
If God doesn’t ask for our praise, we will not experience enjoyment in its complete form. If our praise of Him, on one end, makes us fully happy, how can we dare call this the egomania of God?
1Quoted in John Piper, Desiring God (Sisters, OR: Multnomah, 2003), 21-22.