How can I be or show more devotion and love for God? I came across a list of 9 practical ways for God’s people to experience love and commitment to God. I want to pursue each way with you as I know I need my faith to be real and practical. God desires that I know and seek Him each day.
Our first practical step in showing devotion and love for God is to recount His attributes. There are many examples for us to follow in scripture of praise given to God for who He is. 1 Samuel 2:1-10 is a prayer of praise given by Hannah because of her love and devotion to God who gave her the desire of her heart, a son named Samuel. Here is verse 1-2 ““My heart rejoices in the Lord!
The Lord has made me strong.
Now I have an answer for my enemies;
I rejoice because you rescued me.
2 No one is holy like the Lord!
There is no one besides you;
there is no Rock like our God. Hannah praises God in her heart and knows He alone is holy, steady and all powerful.
David praises the Lord in 1 Chronicles 29:10-13 as God has provided all the materials they will need to build the temple. See here in verses 11-12 how David praises God for his greatness, power, glory and majesty. He realizes that God owns, creates and is sovereign ruler of all things. “Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things. 12 Wealth and honor come from you alone, for you rule over everything. Power and might are in your hand, and at your discretion people are made great and given strength.”
Psalms is another good source for finding praise for who God is and what He alone can do. Psalm 93 is short but packed with praises for who God is.
The Lord is king! He is robed in majesty.
Indeed, the Lord is robed in majesty and armed with strength.
The world stands firm
and cannot be shaken.
2 Your throne, O Lord, has stood from time immemorial.
You yourself are from the everlasting past.
3 The floods have risen up, O Lord.
The floods have roared like thunder;
the floods have lifted their pounding waves.
4 But mightier than the violent raging of the seas,
mightier than the breakers on the shore—
the Lord above is mightier than these!
5 Your royal laws cannot be changed.
Your reign, O Lord, is holy forever and ever. The psalmist sees God as eternal, all powerful, reigning king over all creation, unchanging and majestic beyond measure.
How do you see God? Can you praise God for His attributes because you have personally experienced them in your life? Join Hannah, David and the psalmist in praising God for those ways He has impacted your life with His marvelous character. God has shown me His mercy, comfort, love, grace, hope, compassion, guidance, power, accessibility, and each day the list lengthens as God is unchanging and eternally present in my life. Thank you Lord.
Have a blessed day as you meditate on the ways God has personally ministered to you because of who He is not because of who you are. Praise Him today!