I did a search for praise and light on the internet. The most frequent depiction showed an individual standing before a light, be it the sun, or an artificial light, with their hands raised, a big smile on their face as if they were soaking in the light of Christ. Christ’s light is no where described as being sopped up, something to party over or an event focused upon our enjoyment. Where mankind is given God’s light he sees that light and joyfully shines God’s light to fulfill God’s purposes. In other words, we are given God’s light and we are to praise that light for God’s glory (1 Cor 10:31).
Though we should bask in His light, our attitude in that basking should not be as if we are on a beach in Tahiti soaking up rays, nor do we reach out to receive something for our personal enjoyment. God’s light is shined upon us for His glory and that light illuminates or dispels darkness, our natural propensity (Rom 8:7-8). God separates the light from the darkness (Gen 1:18; 1 Pet 2:9)
God shines His light on darkness and moves it back out of the way. What is left will glorify Him and prosper us. There is no darkness in God (1 John 1:5). When Christ came into the heart of a believer, His light forces the darkness out such that the true light shines (1 John 2:8).
Much of the praise and celebration that people call worship today is simply for their own enjoyment. That is mans self-serving darkness, feeling they have a right to celebrate God. They lean on Miriam’s, or David’s dance as validation for their activity (Exod 15:20; 2 Sam 6:14). These are associated with major miraculous events. Applying this as a norm instead of the very special instances it really represents is a major distortion of God’s truth.
When we celebrate God’s light we should do so as Christ does. We should celebrate with calm contentedness in the Father and all He provides, all He is, all He desires and our ability to accomplish His will for His glory. Is God interested in our joy? Yes, but we should be interested in using even our joy for His glory. There is a huge difference between much of the celebratory partying or entertainment we see in churches today and the calm solemn contentedness that gives us a joy in life that everyone sees and wants.
Why is the Christian always so content even in the face of great stress? Because he can praise God and glory in Him. The Christian does not celebrate a circumstance, he celebrates God’s pure unmerited grace.