How Do You Praise God?

How Do You Praise God?

If someone were to travel a great distance to see you because they had heard so much about you, how would you respond? If it was someone with lots of money, fame, or power, what “air” would you put on? In what would you glory?

When I was living outside of Washington, D. C., we would have friends and family visit us. It was expected to take them to see the sites and grandeur of our nation’s capital.
In 2 Kings 20:12-19, Hezekiah had some visitors from Babylon. I’m sure Hezekiah was flattered by the entourage that came to “celebrate” his recovery, but that was the problem–he was flattered.
Hezekiah showed the fruits of his God instead of the faithfulness of his God.
No doubt in my mind, Hezekiah would have told them that he was healed by his God. However, that wouldn’t have necessarily impressed the company since they would attribute healing in their land to their gods. He proceeded to affirm his God by showing them all the stuff with which he had been blessed. Yet, again, it would seem likely that they thought Babylon had treasures from their gods too, and now they knew where in Israel to come to get more.
What if Hezekiah did it differently? What if he told them ABOUT his God instead of showing earthly treasures? What if He had said something like this?
“It is true that my God, Jehovah, God of all gods, healed me. When the prophet, Isaiah asked what sign I would desire, I asked that the sun turn back ten degrees, and it did. But that is just like my God. You see, we were not regarded as any nation or people, except that God loved us and chose us. He brought us out of Egypt where we were mere slaves and gave us this land which he promised our father Abraham over 1000 years ago. He is the all-powerful God. The sea parts at His command and the sun stands still at His beckoning. You can see we love our God so much, and He loves us. It is true that we have a splendid Temple where we worship Him, but Jehovah cannot be contained in a building. He is the Creator. There is no other God.”
What if Hezekiah praised God because of who He was instead of the trinkets of the earth He had given him? Maybe the story would be different? Maybe someone would have come to God?
Because of Who You Are
You spoke the words and all the worlds came into order.
You waved your hands and planets filled the empty skies.
You placed the woman and the man inside the garden,
And though they fell they found compassion in your eyes.
Oh, Lord, I stand amazed at the wonder of your deeds,
And yet a greater wonder brings me to my knees.
Lord, I praise you, because of who you are
Not for all the mighty things that you have done.
Lord, I worship you, because of who you are.
You’re all the reason that I need to voice my praise!
Because of who you are.
One holy night you brought forth your promise from a virgin,
And the Promise grew as he revealed to us your heart.
Enduring love displayed throughout his Crucifixion,
And in the dark, you tore the grave and death apart.
Oh, Lord, I stand amazed at the wonder of your deeds,
And yet a greater wonder brings me to my knees.
Lord, I praise you, because of who you are
Not for all the mighty things that you have done.
Lord, I worship you, because of who you are.
You’re all the reason that I need to voice my praise!
Because of who you are.
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