• Heidi J. Smith

Praising from A to Z

Updated: May 14, 2019

According to google, women speak about 20,000 words a day, and men speak about 7,000 words a day. Is this accurate? I'm not sure, but how often do my words praise God?

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Usually when I talk to God, requests gush from my mouth, but thanksgiving only trickles. God wants me to cast my burdens on Him (I Peter 5:7), but is the bulk of my prayers asking rather than adoring God? Am I taking time to praise God?

Petitioning focuses on my needs and others, but praising gazes on a holy God. It requires time to sit and be in awe. It realigns my perspective from temporary trials to eternal glory.

1. Marvel at His creation. Notice the brilliant sunset, budding trees, and tiny ants. Know that your fingerprints are unique to you!

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” Psalm 19:1 ESV

2. Make time. Schedule it in your day.

Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous rules.” Psalm 119:164 ESV

3. Mediate on different names and traits of God from A to Z.

A is for Adonai N is for No-other Name

B is for Beginning O is for Omega

C is for Creator P is for powerful, pure

D is for Defender Q is for Quintessential God

E is for El Shaddai R is for Refuge

F is for Father S is for Shepherd

G is for Good T is for Truth

H is for Helper U is for Universal

I is for Immanuel V is for very good

J is for Jehovah W is for Wonderful

K is for King of Kings X is for X-no sin

L is for Lion of Judah Y is for Yahweh

M is for Messiah Z is for zero sin

"Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer." Psalm 19:14 ESV

What names or characteristics can you share?

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