adoring praise

“O come, let us adore Him!”

Over the past few weeks, this phrase from a favorite Christmas hymn and the concept of adoration has captivated my thoughts.

What does it mean to “adore” someone?  A quick scan of the dictionary offers some helpful word pictures: to love and respect deeply, to be devoted to, to hold dear, to admire, to hold in high regard or awe, to think the world of that person.

As we anticipate another LORD’s Day morning, it is more than appropriate to think of the many reasons we *adore* Him!  This time of remembrance offers us a beautiful opportunity to allow that adoration to find expression, audible or not.

We are welcomed to draw near.  We gather to remember our Savior, to marvel at the wonders of His grace, to offer praise from grateful hearts.  May the chorus that swells deeply touch the Father as we adore His Son today! 

Praise to the LORD the Almighty

Joachim Neander (1650-1680), translated by Catherine Winkworth (1829-1878)

Praise to the LORD, the Almighty, the King of creation!

O my soul, praise Him for He is thy health and salvation!

Come ye who hear, now to His great throne draw near;

join me in glad adoration!

Praise to the LORD, O let all that is in me adore Him!

All that has life and breath, come now with praises before Him.

Let the Amen sound from His people again,

gladly for aye we adore Him.

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