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Praising God—focusing on who God is—builds our trust because we believe more strongly in His loving intentions for us. The example of the heart connection between Moses and God can inspire us to praise God confidently.
God wants you to know Him.
God seems so huge and distant we can wonder if He cares enough to reveal Himself to us. Moses may have wondered that when he prayed, “Now therefore, if I have found favor in your sight, please show me now your ways, that I may know you in order to find favor in your sight.” (Exodus 33:13 ESV).
What is God’s reply? “And the Lord said to Moses, ‘This very thing that you have spoken I will do, for you have found favor in my sight, and I know you by name.’” (Exodus 33:17 ESV). God Almighty is eager to reveal himself and does as so Moses is protected in the cleft of the rock.
The Psalmist says in Psalm 139:1, “O Lord, you have searched me and known me!” Beloved, God knows you and therefore He wants you to know Him, just like Moses did.
God values our praise even though we’re imperfect.
It may seem like only a perfect person offering perfect praise can be fit for such an incredible God. Yet God knows Moses is imperfect. Moses is a murderer and easily becomes angry, even disobediently striking a rock. In spite of these imperfections, God still has the conversation saying, “I know you” …you better believe it! The good and the bad and the ugly… “yet, I want to reveal myself.” Beloved, your imperfections don’t block God wanting you to praise Him.
God’s qualities reveal how to praise Him.
Moses again inspires us because in Deuteronomy 32, Moses rehearses who God is by rehearsing His works throughout the Israelites’ journey. In verse 3, Moses declares, “For I will proclaim the name of the Lord; ascribe greatness to our God!” (ESV)
Just as Moses rehearsed why God should be praised, you can too. As you read the Bible, keep track of God’s descriptions. Often in my prayer time, I’ll think of God’s qualities based on the alphabet. Remembering my list, I pray, “Lord, you are awesome, beautiful, caring, determined, eager to save, forgiving, etc.” I confidently know I’m speaking truth about Him.
These three insights can strengthen you to have confidence in praising God. Beloved, He eagerly longs to hear it.
Based on Lesson 4 “Knowing God—Touching the Heart of Heaven” of Whispers of My Heart: Daughter of the King Bible Study Series, a women’s Bible study on prayer with ten lessons including questions and commentary by Kathy Collard Miller.
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Kathy Collard Miller is the author of over 50 non-fiction books which include Christian living topics, Bible commentaries and women’s Bible studies. She is a popular women’s conference speaker who has spoken in 8 foreign countries and over 30 US states. Kathy and Larry have been married for 47 years, are the parents of two and grandparents of two. The Millers live in Southern California.
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