Jill over at Compassion Family wrote a post this week about encouraging sponsored kids to praise and adore God – to tell Him what they like about Him.
She explained that she sometimes used Bible-verses to do this. I’ll choose one of my favourites as an example: “Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters” (Hebrews 2:11). Jesus, I love You because You’re not ashamed to call me Your sister (that’s praise).
And a passage from Luke 6 that’s been on my heart this week: “Give to everyone who asks you, and when someone takes something that is yours, don’t ask for it back. … If you love only the people who love you, what praise should you get? Even sinners love the people who love them. … But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without hoping to get anything back. Then you will have a great reward, and you will be children of the Most High God, because he is kind even to people who are ungrateful and full of sin.” Father, I love You because You’re kind to ungrateful people.
But we don’t only have to praise using Bible-verses; it can be prompted by everyday life as well. I’ve been counting calories to try to lose a bit of weight, and sometimes when I’ve reached my limit and really fancy chocolate or biscuits, it can be frustrating not to have those nice foods, but I can praise God for giving me enough to eat. There are plenty of people in the world who don’t have that luxury.
Have you told God what you love about Him lately?