Sometimes one verse, even one phrase, has enough fodder for adoration that I could stay there for days. This one has been more like weeks…
And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6**
Counselor. Wisdom’s voice. Better than rubies, Your voice my circumstances is like choice gold. Your voice over my heart breaks life’s calcifications.
Jesus, You offer me insight. I worship You, oh God who is accessible for my now question. I get lost and You offer a light. I am stuck and You drip wisdom like rain on my parched ground.
I come alive in Your counsel because I was made to be counseled. I was made to receive You.
I love You, oh God who offers Yourself daily, hourly as counselor.
Savior-made-friend, Your counsel makes tangible what Your Word presents. I find comfort in moments with my Father, the God-Man, waiting to breathe on my everyday. You are Creator of wonder and all that dazzles on this earth and above, and yet You offer me Your ear.
I’ve been invited into friendship with God.
The counseling table has a seat open, and on it You’ve written my name. Though my own accounting might leave me feeling excluded, Your Spirit sends the invitation. You wash my feet. All of the trinity in its glory, serving its created through counsel. What a beautiful exchange: You give what I don’t deserve and when I accept Your voice over my barrenness, it leaves me wanting more. One taste … and I realize a whole new wing of Your house has just been made available to me. I was pauper without Your counsel, but walk royal with Your wisdom. You bestow beauty.
We were made to converse. The God of the universe made Himself Father to His people. Father to me. Holy God, yet faithful friend. You have given me circumstances waiting to be written on with Your touch. All of my life’s interruptions and confusions are opportunity for Your counsel.
I worship You, oh God who whispers into my secret and makes my secrets holy — all by Your counsel.
All by Your word.
**So what do I do with these posts, you ask, other than just read them? First, if you haven’t yet, read: Why I Adore to give you a context for this little space on my blog. (This post also gives context.)
If you are compelled, I invite you to participate. Set up a space and time in your own life to begin adoring. Over laundry or dinner dishes, on your commute to work, or in the wee morning hours — five or ten minutes is a great start. You can use the verse I list here every day or two as a launch pad for your own adoration.
Then practice praise.
Add to my adoration here, by posting a comment with your own words back to God about God …or hide it in your heart. Or wait until a Monday and link up to my adoration posts with your own adoration.
I promise your weary soul won’t regret it.
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