Adoration

“O Come, All Ye Faithful”
We sing it each Christmas season, sometimes fast when we do the whole carol, and sometimes slow when we just sing the refrain, “O come let us adore Him!”

In a short definition, the worship of God is the adoration of God. The adoration of God is one of a few universal themes of Christian worship. We do not worship out of fear but from a standpoint of faith, confidence in the character of God. God is known to us for He has revealed Himself through His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Through Jesus we know and love God; we see His character in the words and works of Christ. His works convince us that He was God in the flesh; His words work mightily in us prompting our love for Him—our adoration.

The triune God we worship lives in an internal, never-ending cycle of love:

  • The Father loves the Son and the Spirit.
  • The Son loves the Father and the Spirit.
  • The Spirit loves Father and the Son.

That wheel of love never stops turning and it spills out to be the chief characteristic of the Throne Room of God. Angels never stop adoring the Lord. The saints who have gone before us are gathered before Him there to add the Song of the Redeemed as an eternal counterpoint to the songs of the angels.

Today, when we gather with our brothers and sisters, if we are true-hearted and whole-hearted in our praise and worship, we can join the adoration songs of heaven. We don’t need to create a worship atmosphere; we simply lift our hearts to the heavenly Throne. There is no need to work ourselves up to a certain feeling; we simply tune our hearts to heaven’s music and join in the worship that never stops.

The Poet prophesies,

“Let this be written for a Future Generation…”

Let us adore Him today

  • with words of gratitude,
  • with songs of joy,
  • with bold proclamations of His character and deeds,
  • with heart-deep expressions of our love for Him,
  • with repentance for our sins against Him, the things we have done and those we have left undone, and
  •  with renewed pledges of faithfulness to His call upon our lives.

This is His day to be adored and it is our joyful honor to adore Him.

“O, come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.”

Scriptures:
Psalm 100: 5
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 “The Lord is good and mercy endures forever.”
1 Peter 2:3
…you have tasted that the Lord is good.
Matthew 6:7-8
And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
Matthew 22:37-38 NKJV
Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment.’ ()
1 Peter 2:1-5; 9
Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. As you come to him, the living Stone-rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him- you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
Psalm 31:23-24
Love the LORD, all his saints! The LORD preserves the faithful, but the proud he pays back in full. Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, You are adored by all of heaven—let me add my adoration to the voices of the Hosts of Heaven. I adore You for the things You have done and for who You are. I will never forget how You rescued me from my own self-destruction. As Your Spirit has revealed You to me, my adoration has grown so wide and deep it can scarcely be contained. I will stir my heart. I will lift my voice. I will honor You with my thoughts and deeds and with the sum total of my life. Nothing less makes sense. Amen.

Song:
Father, I Adore You
Words and Music: Matt Brouwer

Father, I adore You,
Lay my life before You.
How I love You.

Jesus, I adore You,
Lay my life before You.
How I love You.

Spirit, I adore You,
Lay my life before You.
How I love You.

Semper Reformanda!
Stephen Phifer

© 2017 Stephen R. Phifer All Rights Reserved

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