For as long as I can remember, I have been saying the same prayer every night as I get ready to go to sleep. I am sure that most of you learned a similar version when you were children, and you might have even taught this prayer to your children and grandchildren. I still start my nightly prayers with this simple children’s prayer.  I am still a child of God, so I find this prayer an appropriate way to begin every prayer. Most of you have probably heard of the ACTS of prayer.

A = Adoration. Praise the Lord for who He is.

C = Confession. Confess to the Lord your sins.

T = Thanksgiving. Thank the Lord for all that He has done.

S = Supplication. Bring your requests to the Lord.

It is funny how I can easily do CTS, but the A portion of a prayer stumps me. I have a hard time with worship and praise. I love the Lord with all my heart, and I think He deserves ALL the love and adoration I can muster. But, I get tongue-tied every time that I think about the praise portion of my prayers. I feel like it isn’t me talking, and I feel ingenuine.

So, I have been doing my research on praise and worship. The definition of worship, according to Wikipedia, is the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for a deity. That is accurate, but that is not what I was looking for. I needed a way to express my feelings, so I went to the book of Psalms to take lessons from the king of worship; David.

Psalm 103

Praise the Lord, my soul;
    all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
    and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
    and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

The Lord works righteousness
    and justice for all the oppressed.

He made known his ways to Moses,
    his deeds to the people of Israel:
The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
    slow to anger, abounding in love.
He will not always accuse,
    nor will he harbor his anger forever;
10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve
    or repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
    so great is his love for those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
    so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

13 As a father has compassion on his children,
    so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;
14 for he knows how we are formed,
    he remembers that we are dust.
15 The life of mortals is like grass,
    they flourish like a flower of the field;
16 the wind blows over it and it is gone,
    and its place remembers it no more.
17 But from everlasting to everlasting
    the Lord’s love is with those who fear him,
    and his righteousness with their children’s children—
18 with those who keep his covenant
    and remember to obey his precepts.

19 The Lord has established his throne in heaven,
    and his kingdom rules over all.

20 Praise the Lord, you his angels,
    you mighty ones who do his bidding,
    who obey his word.
21 Praise the Lord, all his heavenly hosts,
    you his servants who do his will.
22 Praise the Lord, all his works
    everywhere in his dominion.

Praise the Lord, my soul.

David praises the Lord for all things. He reminds us of all of the works of the Lord. And, he reminds us that even though the Lord has every right to be angry with us, He is still slow to anger. The Lord knows that He made us from dust and that we are human and prone to sins. Thankfully, the Lord is compassionate, loving, and forgiving.

David makes a list of all of the things that the Lord has done for us. He forgives your sins, and He heals your diseases. He redeems your life and crowns you with love and compassion. And then, David reminds us who the Lord is. He is compassionate, gracious, slow to anger, and overflowing with love for all of us.

Reading David’s instruction manual on praise has helped me to understand how easy it is to worship His holy name. I hope these verses help you also.

Have A Blessed Day!

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15 Comments

  1. Great post, Tania! I love your honesty and I believe God is honored by your transparency. This may be my favorite post yet. Have a blessed Lord’s Day!

  2. Kathy McClintock Reply

    Thank you Tania. I really needed to hear that today. God bless you and all you’re loved ones. Kathy McClintock.

  3. Dana Buckingham Reply

    This is a great reminder, Tania. We have SO much to praise the Lord for, every day!

  4. Thank you for this. You never know who you touch or influence with your words. I’m grateful for you and your faith.

  5. Elizabeth Bienvenu Reply

    Have a Blessed Sunday. Today would be my sons 35 Birthday…

  6. What a beautiful post. Thank you. I enjoy your posts so very much. I think of you as a friend. Have a Blessed Day!

  7. LOVE your Sunday Blogs! When you started blogging – was this in your plan or did the Holy Spirit move you?

    • Tania Reply

      It was not in my plan when I started blogging. I never posted anything like this on Facebook, so when I decided to post on the blog, it was a complete shock.

  8. Tania, I too took a long time learning how to praise God for His attributes, but now I love doing so and try to remember to do every day,! One way we can do it is to sing praise songs to Him. Thanks for always sharing your faith!

  9. It was not your plan but it was Gods plan. Funny how that works out when we surrender to him. Be blessed dear heart.

  10. Praise God! Sunday is a day to rejuvenate and praise the Lord for all He has given us. Lovely post. May God bless you!

    • Judykay513@gmail.com Reply

      Thank you for your Sunday posts. This one was so good. Thanks for sharing your faith.

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