Psalms for Prayer: Day 17

A Prayer of Adoration

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Today's Text: Psalm 146:1-10

Scripture Reading: Psalm 146:1-10

Everything I need to know about earthly adoration, I learned from my middle school musical theater class. First, we learned through experience. What else is a brace-faced preteen supposed to feel upon receiving a standing ovation for her impeccably off-key version of Oliver! The Musical’s “Food Glorious Food”? For all I knew, applause and attention meant the same thing as adoration.

Then, we learned from the music. One of the delightfully cheesy and romantic tunes that stands out the most is Aretha Franklin’s “I Say A Little Prayer,” which is also included on the soundtrack for the film My Best Friend’s Wedding, starring a young Julia Roberts. Perhaps you remember the chorus:

Forever, forever, you’ll stay in my heart
And I will love you
Forever and ever, we never will part
Oh, how I’ll love you
Together, together, that’s how it must be
To live without you
Would only be a heartbreak for me.

These were lyrics that made even prepubescent girls swoon. During rehearsals, we’d stand squished on the risers, divided into altos and sopranos, as our choral director clapped the rhythms and contorted his face into exaggerated expressions, commanding us to annunciate! “FOR-EV-ER, FOR-EV-ER,” he would chant.

It’s no coincidence that this is what we long for. We want the affection we receive to be sure, and the praise we give to remain warranted—not just one-time applause. Commitment and adoration go hand in hand, and with God, we get both.

Here is where the romantic comedy cliches and the middle school dramatics stop. Adoration is not intended to be a general concept that God calls for early on and then forgets about. Rather, adoration is something we see carried throughout the psalms as a rhythmic refrain to God’s presence and nearness to us. Psalm 146 recalls reasons for adoring God: He frees prisoners, opens the eyes of the blind, raises up the oppressed, loves the righteous, and protects resident aliens.

Adoration is the response we give to our God who is good and faithful in all things. It is the deep abiding love that only comes from the safety of a covenant made by a promise-keeping God who loves His children. It is His reason for choosing us, and our reason for returning to Him. He wants to adore us as His own for eternity, and because of that, we get to return and enjoy His love forever.

God remains faithful forever. (FOR-EV-ER!) His kingdom and promises and love for us will stand firm into eternity. May we learn to love and adore Him in return.

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  • Emily Dick

    Sometimes I can feel my soul longing to praise God. Not ask for anything or thank Him for anything specifically, but just to express gratitude for His presence in my life.

  • Elizabeth Aouad

    How appropriate for today when our leaders are struggling with the immigration issue. God has His eye on every innocent person. He always be knows hearts. Praying for our President and Congress to be led by God in what to do.

  • Alexandria Millet

    I love this! One note, I think we should not get in a habit of calling folks aliens, but be reminded of the truth that we are all image barers. As we give adoration to the father it also looks like loving and respecting his creation.

  • Alyssa Baker

    Father, help me to know and adore you with my whole heart and not just my mind.

  • Hello everyone, I just wanted to thank you for praying for my friend Nathan who was in a coma and let you know that today God answered prayers! He was able to take a commercial airplane instead of an ambulance airplane from France back to the United States and is now safely home. He still has difficulties to overcome including memory loss, but he can walk and communicate!

  • Monica Davis

    Adoration and worship for the king.

  • This psalm just hit me so powerfully today. The comparison of those who trust in man (v. 3-4) compared to the one whose help is the God of Jacob (v. 5-9). Look at all of the amazing things our God does for us!

  • Woah, hey SRT. I so needed this today– a reminder that God consistently desires to adore me, but that I am fickle and inconsistent in my adoration of him. Still, beneath the distractions of this world, my heart looooongs to adore my savior. For several years SRT provided me with a consistent morning pow-wow with God, but I have fallen out of that rhythm lately. Oh how I miss this morning reminder of his goodness and of my need for his truth + love.

    So much goes on in our little lives, but he remains consistent and the only thing that really matters. I am so thankful for that!

  • He frees the prisoners— as the 3 America’s are on their way home from years of captivity in North Korea!

  • Leslie Esparza

    Thank you so much! So grateful for this website.

  • Sharon Buys

    Absolutely!

  • Michelle Martin

    Shannon, I think of the recurring theme of God’s faithful love that we’ve seen through the Psalms. Praying today that your family would feel surrounded, uplifted, and guided by that love as your family goes through trials.

  • Kim Norman-Prieto

    I often thank God for many of his attributes and how he vetoes grace on us daily- but to pray solely out of adoration is something beautiful and new to my prayer life. Loves today’s Psalm and focus of prayer!

  • I confess I use prayer as a place to ask for things and skip right over the critical act of adoration. David never makes this mistake. I’m trying to form a habit of entering my prayer time with adoration and only then sharing what’s worrying my heart.

  • A great reminder that when we’re not protecting the resident aliens among us, regardless of legal status, we’re doknf anti-Christ work. A challenge to all God’s people.

    • Wendy

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    • Elle

      This struck me as well. If as a society we aren’t seeking justice for the exploited, then does that put us firmly in the camp of the frustrated wicked? A good reminder to keep my heart open and not let my ears get clouded by un Christian values being thrown around by people seeking power.

  • Kelly Chataine

    Praising God for all things! Praising God in all situations! God is worthy of praise!

    PS ~ I will be humming and singing that song all day :-)

    • Kay

      I was thinking the same thing on both accounts..it’s a great day to lift my adoration to the Lord throughout the day (every day) AND…the song will be in my mind all day. :-)

  • @First5App @Proverbs31org Death. Destruction. Humiliation. This is what Nahum prophesied against the city of Nineveh in chapter 3. His news is nothing but devastation and ruin.http://www.first5.org/plans/Return%20to%20Refuge/ff_rtr_3 I just read this teaching and it talked about the seriousness of our sins and how we make excuses for them. When we see how vile our sins are, we can appreciate the freedom given to us through the amazing sacrifice of Jesus! We will never know how much it cost to see our sins upon that cross like the song Here I am to worship states. However, when you think about being forgiven of all that we do and the guilt and shame put on Him. He was made naked, spat upon, mocked, abandoned, and beaten. Then, I picture Him actually seeing every lie, gossip, murder, rape, abuse, and all of the sins committed by the people He is dying for. When we reflect on that, adoration and praise should come out. How awesome He is. No love can compare to His.

  • Today a baby girl was born to one of my dearest friends. We have prayed for this baby through years of chronic illness that were so intense that it nearly broke her marriage apart. But Praise Be to God that he healed my friends marriage, then her body, and finally granted her a baby. Those were long dark years but today I cry tears of joy as I see this baby and read the words of this psalm. Praise the Lord Oh My Soul. He is the healer of all things.

  • Churchmouse

    The word ‘adore’ has been a tricky one. I used to picture Nancy Reagan gazing up at her husband. That was adoration. As a child I was cautioned that adoration was fraught with responsibility and reserved for only One. I was a bit afraid of the idea. But I have come to realize that the more I know Him, the easier it is to adore Him. Once I grasped Who He is, what He does, and how utterly trustworthy and unchangeable He is, adoration became… dare I say, natural. It is the natural response to the relationship I have with Him. Praise. Gratitude. Adoration. Sounds right.

  • I thank God for these Praise and Adoration truth this morning. Oh it is sooo good to sing Praises to our Living God. Our God who is good and faithful in all things. I Adore you God Almighty.

  • Praise the Lord.
    Amen.
    Praise the Lord, my soul!
    From deep within I will praise Him..
    I will praise Him as long as I live;
    For all He has done and continues to do in His faithful love and Grace..
    I will sing to my God all my life.
    All my days I shall sing of and to my God for His great love, His favour. His provision. The freedom He gives. For opening the eyes of the blind heart. His protection. His help.
    His goodness and Grace..
    Forever I will praise Him.
    FOR-EV-ER..
    Amen.
    Amen.
    Amen.
    I don’t praise Him enough… thank you Kaitlin , for this reminder to praise the Lord God Almighty for ALL He has done and continues to do.
    Love and hugs to all. Happy Wednesday Sisters ..xxx

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