Just Because…

Most of us love to be thought of just because. We might receive flowers or a card and the giver when asked why will say, just because. My silent question is “because of what?”, although I would never ask that because that just might go south. However, do you ever wonder?

I have noticed that we as Christians have a difficult time appreciating God for who he is. We once were encouraged in a prayer meeting to use the ACTS method of praying and we were on the A which stands for adoration. By the way, C is Confession, T is Thanksgiving, and S is Supplication, which are our requests, or petitions.

For some reason, our prayer of adoration was in actuality thanksgiving. We thanked God for what he’s done, or how gracious he’s been. Yes, we ought to thank God, but why is it difficult to adore him just because of who he is? Do we know him apart from what he has done for us?

The scriptures help us. In fact, I actually read David’s adoration of God as my prayer of adoration because I too needed help. Although David was blessing and adoring God after receiving an abundance of offerings for the temple, his prayer was one of adoring God for who he is.

11 Yours, Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and on the earth; Yours is the dominion, Lord, and You exalt Yourself as head over all. 12 Both riches and honor come from You, and You rule over all, and in Your hand is power and might; and it lies in Your hand to make great and to strengthen everyone. 13 Now therefore, our God, we thank You, and praise Your glorious name.

1 Chronicles 29:11-13 NASB

We all could recite the same prayer because we know God to be just as David described, but it is just something for which we have not yet developed a habit.

That is one of the reasons that I really love hymns is because many are so theologically rich. The hymn writers view of God as sovereign over all, as majestic, as matchless, all wisdom, his knowledge is so high that we cannot attain unto it, all of these meditations help us to realize how terribly finite we are and how Great our God is.

There are many songs of testimony in the Bible, but sometimes just like it would be nice to have someone give you a gift of praise or a gift just because of who you are, how much greater to praise God for who he is apart from what he’s done, but just because of who he is.

He’s Alpha and Omega. He’s Holy and Righteous. His judgments are true and righteous altogether. He is Perfect. He is the Truth.He is Life. He is Everlasting. He is Just. He is Faithful. He cannot lie. He is steadfast in his love. His love is pure. He’s a sure foundation.

There are so many more truths about God in which we can adore him just because of who he is, but I am also sure it takes practice, because in actuality we have been conditioned to tie everything to how it benefits us. We live in a “me-oriented” society, and that does play a big part in how we see God.

I recommend some of the hymns of old, or reading the Bible, especially the Old Testament to see the character of God displayed. If we still have difficulty, we can ask him to help us see. I believe that he will.

O come, let us adore Him

O come, let us adore Him

O come, let us adore Him

Christ the Lord.

So, what do you think?

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