One of my favorite scenes in C.S. Lewis’ “The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe” is when the new kings and queens are coronated. The regality associated with a coronation is a glorious occasion. As Americans we struggle to grasp such an image because of our resistance to royalty. Yet, when a good and righteous king/queen is crowned, the people rejoice as they anticipate the new blessings that will come with their reign.
Throughout the Psalms, we witness several moments where the writer rejoices in the kingship of God. One of my personal favorites is Psalm 47:
“Clap your hands, all you nations;
shout to God with cries of joy.
For the LORD Most High is awesome,
the great King over all the earth.
He subdued nations under us,
peoples under our feet.
He chose our inheritance for us,
the pride of Jacob, whom he loved.
God has ascended amid shouts of joy,
the LORD amid the sounding of trumpets.
Sing praises to God, sing praises;
sing praises to our King, sing praises.
For God is the King of all the earth;
sing to him a psalm of praise.” 1-7
This Psalm is a coronation of the King of the universe. Imagine how glorious it would be to see God approach, and then sit on his throne in all His majesty. What glory! The response of the people is to clap, shout, cry out, and sing. This uncontrollable exuberance occurs naturally as the people are overcome with joy at the sight of God’s splendor.
Such fervor and passion challenges me personally. I’m often restrained, controlled in my emotions; I’m hesitant to let my guard down and let my joy and excitement go untempered. Yet, what freedom there is in emotional transparency; When we are so overcome with something we can’t help but let our guard down.
Maybe we should do better as God’s people at trying to be more free and open in our worship. That isn’t to say we should disregard scriptural authority, but rather allow ourselves to be captured by the transcendence of worship; to be caught up in the wave of wonder that the thought of our God brings.
This is the heart of worship: to see God’s worth and be consumed with the sight of his awesomeness.