NEW Today’s AMI QT Devotional is provided by Christine Li who serves as a deaconess at Remnant Church in Manhattan, New York. She is a graduate of University of Pennsylvania.
Devotional Thought for This Morning
“O, Come Let Us Adore Him (a non-Christmas Version)”
“I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever. 2 Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever.”
During this shelter-in-place time, I have also had the chance to reexamine my habits. Two weeks ago, I realized my tendency was still to rush through things (though I had nowhere to be). I rushed through cooking, so my meals were still mediocre after weeks of cooking every day. I rushed to get ready in the morning and still wouldn’t use my electric toothbrush for its two-minute preset. Yes, I admit it – until two weeks ago, I didn’t think I had time to wait for my toothbrush to run its full course.
Yet another observation arose during conversation with a sister about helpful structures for prayer, including the famous ACTS model (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication). While reflecting, I recognized another thing that I’d been rushing through: Adoration.
As the world has succumbed to this pandemic, I have found my prayer time focused around supplication (asking God for things). I would pray for healing of the sick, protection over healthcare workers and others who are outside, emotional health and safety for those who have been in isolation, provision for those laid off and furloughed, etc. The needs seem both endless and urgent, and they are what I have been preoccupied with.
But skipping over Adoration means neglecting the most important component of prayer: the Lord Himself. He is the one that we come to meet. By rushing through considering who He is, we forgo delight that comes from celebrating what a friend, Father, Counselor, Savior He is. It is through adoring Him that our understanding of God becomes expanded; we will be reminded of what a wonderful, powerful, loving God reigns over this world. Everything else can easily fall into place: confession and thanksgiving naturally arise, and confidence in His provision will follow. We remember that the Father who did not spare His own Son will surely meet all our needs.
We are in a time when needs only seem to multiply each day. But I urge you today to not rush through time spent adoring God but, instead, dwell there for a longer period. The Psalm quoted is a good place to start by giving us words and ways to adore Him. More than ever, we need to know His agelessness, His faithfulness, and His goodness to be sure of who He is and to be comforted that He continues to work in this world. May adoring and worshipping God be a balm for us as we remember who He is.
Prayer: Father, I adore You! You are magnificent and good beyond my understanding. You are beautiful, gracious, and compassionate. Help me treasure who You are, not what I want You to do for me. Let my soul take its rightful place gazing upon Your beauty today and being in awe of who You are once more. Amen.
Bible Reading for Today: Isaiah 18
Lunch Break Study
* This Bible study is written a little differently. The questions are extremely simple, so the best way to enjoy the passage is to go beyond the simple observation of the text and to re-apply those answers to your own life.
Read Psalm 150:1-6: “Praise the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens.2 Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness.3 Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre,4 praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe,5 praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. 6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.”
Questions to Consider
- Where are we to praise the Lord (where is He)? For what are we to praise Him?
- What are the ways in which we are to praise Him?
- Who is to praise Him?
- God both dwells in the sanctuary (the temple, the place of worship) and also in the mighty heavens that He created. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth, and His presence is in all those places. Therefore, everywhere is a place where God may be worshipped. We praise Him especially for His power and His greatness. Our God has done wonderful works, and He is also the greatest strength in the universe. Therefore, we praise Him not just for what He has accomplished through acts of power; we praise Him simply for His character.
- We praise Him with multiple media – through music and with our whole selves as well. Praise to God is not only in thought but expressed audibly and visibly for others to see and participate in with as well. It takes many to be able to do these concurrently. Therefore, our worship also must be manifest when we are gathered with others.
- Not just those who know Him, but everything that has breath (life on this earth) praises Him. All creation is meant to praise the Lord. We join in worship with all humans across the earth (who have different cultures and have seen different works), but we also join in worship with all creation and nature on the earth.
How was your time today? Did spending more time considering who God is and extending your time of adoration bring joy and gladness? Let’s ask Him for the grace to continue and have our souls be satisfied as we consider who He is.