|Posted by Lorraine Serra on December 23, 2011 at 8:10 AM|
O Come Let Us Adore Him…..Thoughts on Adoration
Where do you fit into this picture?
Adore: to reverence with supreme respect
To acknowledge the excellence of, to render homage,
To magnify in worship, to fall on one’s face,
“kiss the ground” in prostrate humility and worship, submission to a superior.
To love in the highest degree, to regard with the utmost esteem and affection, to idolize
Homage paid to one in high esteem; profound veneration; intense regard and love; fervent devotion.
Adoration is intense admiration culminating in reverence and worship, together with the outward acts and attitudes which accompany such reverence.
Genesis: On leaving the ark Noah's first act was to erect an altar, the first of which there is any mention, and offer the sacrifices of adoring thanks and praise to God ...
When an angel of God appeared, men fell instinctively before him in reverence and awe (a few examples: Genesis 18:2; Genesis 19:1 Numbers 22:31 Judges 13:20 Luke 24:4, 5). This was not to worship the creature instead of the Creator, for the angel was regarded, not as a distract individual having an existence and character of his own, but as a theophany, a self-manifestation of God.
Luke 17:15 One of them, seeing that he was cured, came back, adoring and praising God in a loud voice….
Mark 5:6 When he saw Jesus, he ran to him, fell on his knees and bowed down in front of him….
Luke 8:41 A man named Jairus, a synagogue leader, arrived and quickly bowed down in front of Jesus.
Luke 17:16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him (the man was a Samaritan).
Luke 5:12 When the man saw Jesus, he bowed with his face to the ground and said..
Revelation 19:10 Then I, John, fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said, "No, don't worship me. I am a servant of God, just like you and your brothers and sisters who testify about their faith in Jesus. Worship only God. For the essence of prophecy is to give a clear witness for Jesus."
Rev 7: 11-12 All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying:
“Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!”
Where do we fit in this picture?
The humble shepherds bowed, worshiped and adored Jesus. The noble magi, bearing priceless gifts, travelled very far just to bow and worship the Babe born in a stable.
Mary and Joseph bowed and submitted to God’s plan, with confidence and trust, though they had not received a full revelation of all that was to come in their lives caring for the Son of God.
Your Lord has come. Have you bowed today? Your Salvation has been won for you. Have you adoringly thanked and praised Jesus? Your life has been blessed and provision guaranteed. Have you worshiped your Sustainer?
I am challenged to halt the baking, cleaning, shopping, wrapping, texting, calling and visiting for a time.
I am praying for all Christians this moment: May our hearts join with Mary’s exuberant song of celebration and adoration:
“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord and my spirit exults in God my savior!” Luke 1:46
May we find Christmas hope and a renewed spirit every day of our lives:
"The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light, and on those who dwelt in endless gloom a light has shone, for a Child is born this day, Rejoice! Rejoice! The King of Glory has come!" (Based on Isaiah 9)
Never cease to bow and adore our King. Let's get on our faces today and discover the awe we were designed to experience. Then, reign in Christ as only a secure Citizen of His Kingdom can.
Blessings to you this Christmas and in the New Year! You are in my prayers. I love you.
Categories: Reigning in Christ: Kingdom Living