Prayer of Adoration
Praise for God’s Goodness to Israel
To the leader. A Song. A Psalm.
Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth;
sing the glory of his name;
give to him glorious praise.
Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!
Because of your great power, your enemies cringe before you.
All the earth worships you;
they sing praises to you,
sing praises to your name.” Selah
Come and see what God has done:
he is awesome in his deeds among mortals.
He turned the sea into dry land;
they passed through the river on foot.
There we rejoiced in him,
who rules by his might forever,
whose eyes keep watch on the nations—
let the rebellious not exalt themselves. Selah
Bless our God, O peoples,
let the sound of his praise be heard,
who has kept us among the living,
and has not let our feet slip.
For you, O God, have tested us;
you have tried us as silver is tried.
You brought us into the net;
you laid burdens on our backs;
you let people ride over our heads;
we went through fire and through water;
yet you have brought us out to a spacious place.
I will come into your house with burnt offerings;
I will pay you my vows,
those that my lips uttered
and my mouth promised when I was in trouble.
I will offer to you burnt offerings of fatlings,
with the smoke of the sacrifice of rams;
I will make an offering of bulls and goats. Selah
Come and hear, all you who fear God,
and I will tell what he has done for me.
I cried aloud to him,
and he was extolled with my tongue.
If I had cherished iniquity in my heart,
the Lord would not have listened.
But truly God has listened;
he has given heed to the words of my prayer.
Blessed be God,
because he has not rejected my prayer
or removed his steadfast love from me.
When we choose to follow God, He will lead us into places and experiences we never imagine. To be fair, not all of these experiences are pleasant, but they make us step back and realize how vast the world is around us, and how magnificent our God is Who keeps it going.
To be honest, I’m having a rough couple days myself and it is made worse by the fact that there is plenty I should be grateful for. As usual, I’m a mess. Sometimes its a mess I can laugh about. Other times it is not. Today is one of the latter.
One of the many things o should be feel more in awe of was an opportunity to see several dolphins, pelicans, marlins, and even this osprey today.
Amidst my personal struggles, this was a rare opportunity for me to see the wonder and beauty of creation in ways that, while I may have seen them on television, I never thought to see in person. Oh how much I wish I could say that this brings me hope that I can transfer over to the issues that plague me, but I cannot. One is not the same as the other. The issues are not correlated. But the God of my problems and the God of wonder who created the world is one and the same. The same One Who has heard all my former answered prayers and prayers left u prayed still hears my prayers today as well.
So today I have no answer for the many dilemmas you and I face. Just a witness, that I’m there with you, and that even here, in the mess of trying to be obedient, we still see the almighty power of God, and need to find ways to adore him.
Where do you see the wonder of God today?
Where do you struggle the most to see it?