“I adore you” is a sentiment we might share with our sweetheart. On my first trip to Africa, this phrase was used lovingly and intimately in prayer. It touched me deeply to hear this not only from our African host, but again from his wife, our translators, and other Nigerian friends. The native people had few possessions and nothing of real monetary value, yet their walk with God was deep and obviously satisfying. I was inspired by their profound commitment to our Savior and how they were not ashamed to show outward affection for God. The simple affirmation of adoration was pure, innocent, and evidence of a heart of worship.
When we worship God like this, it transforms us. It changes us to be more and more like Him. We know something about His beauty when we are in awe of His created works, yet none of the beauty we see is perfectly holy. When we ponder ways to adore Him, in his creation, in his holiness, in his perfection, this delights us and fills us with awe. Authentic worship demands we know God as he truly is. We cannot understand Him perfectly or completely, but we can strive to know Him accurately as He reveals Himself in His word. 1 Corinthians 13:12 says, “Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”
Let’s deepen our understanding of Him and be transformed as He is glorified in beautiful worship and awestruck adoration. “Give unto the Lord the glory due His name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.” —Psalm 29:2