TargetPoint Vol 2 of 31
Today's Verse/Thought: PRAISE-The Act of Divine Adoration
Psalm 63:3 Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You.
Now that you've determined to schedule an appointment with the Lord . . . here we are . . . and you may be saying, How do I begin?
Let's look at how our Lord told us to begin in Matthew 6:9, Our Father which art in heaven, HALLOWED be Thy name. There it is, as simple as that. The best place to begin is by PRAISING HIM. Hallowed is a New Testament expression used ONLY in reference to the name of God. It means to revere or to sanctify, or to set apart.
PRAISE is more than a single aspect of prayer. Praise can become a way of life. What is praise? First, praise is EXPRESSING VERBALLY your love for God. This act of vocal adoration is important because it implies we acknowledge God as God.
PRAISE is FOUNDATIONAL to all other kinds of prayer. It opens the door of our hearts to Him. It starts us out on the right foot, so to speak, with the One who wants to be our Best Friend.
When one of your dear friends says something nice about you, what happens inside you? If you know that person to be sincere, it becomes a blessing to you. It opens your heart to that person. In the same way, your FIRST STEP in life changing prayer needs to be the ACT of PRAISE.
SET ASIDE (sanctify), a period of time specifically to praise God at the beginning of your prayer. Spend a minute or two telling Him how wonderful He is.
As you think about Him, SELECT A SPECIFIC THEME for praise, such as God's righteousness, His Word, or His creative acts. Let your mind wander about how wonderful He is, how incredible His creation is, and then TELL HIM so. . . Lord, teach me to adore you!
Tomorrow In TargetPoint:
Praise, WHY Praise First?