Years ago I purchased Joni Eareckson Tada’s book, A Quiet Place in a Crazy World (Waterbrook/Multnomah Books, 1993). Have you by chance read it also? If so, you might remember that within its pages she calls attention to the many ways God meets us in the midst of the craziness, offering us a place of refuge, promise, confidence, and more.
One way to meet with God, no matter where we are or what we’re facing, is to fill our mouths with his praises (p. 141). If you know Joni’s story as a quadriplegic for over twenty-five years (when she wrote the book), you understand what an incredible statement that is. If she can praise God continually, I have no excuse.
It was during a recent rereading of A Quiet Place that Joni inspired me to conduct a word study of praise and fill an entire page with synonymns.
‘Care to guess how many I found, as one word led to another? Twenty-five!
Their definitions and synonymns overlap one another, like the pleasing harmonies of a pastoral symphony – a symphony of praise.
Not wanting to bore you (!), I’ll include just ten here, as I contemplate a few reasons for praising God’s wonderful deeds (Psalm 105:2):
How do I praise thee, Lord? Let me count the ways.
I acclaim you, Father, with enthusiastic approval—
Even with passionate applause and loud shouts—
Because you watch over me with gracious, attentive care.
You uphold me every day of my life.
I adore you, my Redeemer, with profound love and reverence.
You provided the way of salvation for me
Through the sacrifice of your only Son.
Now I revel in the continual access of your presence.
I am in awe of you, God Almighty.
With unspeakable wonder I contemplate your power—
Your ability to create out of nothing,
To preserve and protect with a word.
I celebrate you, Sovereign Lord,
To honor your magnificence and rejoice in your goodness.
Your reign is all-inclusive and spans all time.
You are good and compassionate on all you have made.
I exalt you, King of Glory, in order to increase in my spirit
The intensity of your splendor—
Splendor that surrounds me but is only perceived in part,
Holy magnificence to be fully revealed one day in heaven!
I give tribute to you, Lord Jehovah,
With my testimony of praise,
Expressing gratitude for your benevolent gifts
And admiration for your astounding attributes.
I glorify you, Creator God, with honor and high praise
For the perfection of all your works on the earth.
Billions of components function as a cohesive whole,
Manifesting your wisdom and power.
I honor you, God of Grace,
With deep respect and humble reverence.
Without you as my deliverer I’d drown in my failures,
But with you as my treasure I have all things in One.
I marvel at your constancy, the one and only I AM.
You are self-existent and self-sufficient, dependent on no one.
You are always present, everywhere at once.
And you are pure, holy, and astonishingly perfect.
I revere you, God Most High,
With profound awe, deep respect, and grateful love
Because yours is the greatness and power, the glory and splendor.
All dominion belongs to you.
And wonder of wonders, I belong to you, too.