Giving praise to the Lord is of utmost importance in our walk with God.  Filling our lives with thanksgiving for all that he has given and done for us is a must.  But it needs to be so much more than just thanking Him for the blessing he bestows upon us.  We are to adore Him. 

The definition of Adore is:  to worship; to offer honor and respect;  to express reverence and homage.

“Adoration is intense admiration culminating in reverence and worship, together with outward acts and attitudes which accompany such reverence.  Adoration is perhaps the highest form of worship, involving the reverent and rapt contemplation of the Divine perfections and prerogatives, the acknowledgement of them in words of praise, together with visible symbols and postures that express the adoring attitude of the creature in the presence of his Creator” (Blue Letter Bible- by D. Miall Edwards)

To adore someone is to have intense admiration for them.  The Webster dictionary says that to admire someone is to regard them with wonder and delight or to hold them in high esteem.  I am convicted by this.  Do I adore my Lord, really?  Do I show intense admiration for my Savior?  This is an area of my walk with God that I need to immensely improve on.  I need to delight in the Lord.  Just the word delight paints such a visual picture in my mind.  Do I find delight in the Lord?  I honestly would have to say most days I get caught up in the busyness of being a mom and wife and forget all about the awesomeness of God.  I need to refocus my life.  I need to show the Lord the high esteem that is HIS due.

Psalm 100 speaks of delight in the Lord.  It gives praise to God and the writer shows pure adoration for His Creator.
“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.  Know that the LORD is God.  It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.  For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.”

Dear Heavenly Father,  Help me to put you first.  Give to me the desire to stop and adore you.  I need to live my life so that others can see how much I delight in your love, mercy and grace.  Grant me the ability to see your unfathomable love and help me to return that love with pure, wholehearted adoration.


Praise Him!

“How great you are, O Sovereign Lord! There is no one like you, and there is no God but you, as we have heard with our own ears.” II Samuel 7:22

This verse comes from a prayer of King David. He is talking to the Lord concerning the promise God made to establish David’s throne forever. Whenever I read in the Bible about David, I am reminded of the importance of praise. David loved the Lord. He showed his love by praising God with his heart and lips. He didn’t just think thoughts of praise. He lived them and spoke them.

So often I come to God asking and pleading for this or that. I get caught up in the moments of my life. Too easily I forget to praise the Lord. But praise should be constantly coming from my lips. It should be pouring forth from my soul.

Yesterday as I was hanging laundry on the line I was thinking about this verse. As I looked around me I saw God’s greatness. How can anyone miss it? Especially this time of year. The flowers are so gorgeous and intricate. The butterflies and birds abound in beauty. Watching the bees as they float from flower to flower, toting around their packages of pollen is amazing. Listening to the steady hum of the cicadas gives me a sense of peace. Our God is AWESOME. Just step outside, look and listen you will see God’s greatness.

One of my favorite hymns is “For the Beauty of the Earth” by Folliott S. Pierpoint (1835-1917)

For the beauty of the earth, For the glory of the skies,
For the love which from our birth over and around us lies:
Lord of all to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise.
For the wonder of each hour Of the day and of the night,
Hill and vale, and tree and flower, Sun and moon and stars and light:
Lord of all to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise.
The beauty of the earth is only one area where I can praise the Lord. My life is full of blessings from the Lord that deserve recognition and praise. My prayer is that I don’t forget God’s greatness. I want to be more like David and praise the Lord with all my heart.