Dug, a dog in the fictional cartoon movie UP, says to Carl Fredricksen without restraint, “You are my master and I love you.”
How often to we acknowledge our God in this way? Do we state it? Do we live like it is true? Is it evident in how we act and how we feel about life?
“You are my master and I love you.” Out of the heart the mouth speaks. It would not be so hard to proclaim and praise God for just being our master if the truth of who He is were in our hearts. It would come out of our mouths without restraint.
Let’s get His truth in our hearts as we start with praise. Instead of coming into His presence and ignoring WHO He is by rambling off a checklist that may or may not be in line with His, “Dear God give me give me give me, help help help, do this do that,” Let’s start with Praise. Instead of talking for a good while before any of our focus is really on God, “Me me me me me me,” let’s first acknowledge our master. Here is a question to ponder, are we really coming before his throne and are in his presence if we are not acknowledging Him at all? Let’s praise our Master like Dug.
The ministry Moms in Prayer encourages prayer time to start with praise. One of their documents list God attributes and scriptures to support each attribute. In order to help us all praise God first while meditating on the truth of who He is, I have modified the document just a bit. Under each attribute I have written out a praise prayer that also defines the God attribute. This can be used to start our prayers with praise.
And not just prayer... start everything with Praise. Start each day with Praise. Start every thought with Praise. Start each meal with Praise. Start a conversation with Praise. Start with Praise.
Talk to and about God with Praise and Worship on our lips...
GOD IS SUPREME
Dear God, You are Supreme! I praise You for You are highest in rank, power and authority. I worship You for You are superior to all, the highest in degree. You are of utmost importance above all Heaven and Earth.
Hebrews 1:4, 6
GOD IS SOVEREIGN
Dear God, You are Sovereign! I praise You for You alone hold the position of royal ruler, superior to all others. I worship You for You reign above all things. You are controlling everything and can do anything.
I Samuel 2:6-8
I Chronicles 29:10-13
II Chronicles 20:6
Psalm 47:2-3, 7-8
GOD IS OMNIPOTENT
Dear God, You are Omnipotent! You are all powerful and I praise You. You have unlimited power and authority and I worship You. You are Almighty God.
II Chronicles 32:7-8
GOD IS OMNISCIENT
Dear God, You are Omniscient! Not one living thing has knowledge over you. I praise You for You hold infinite knowledge. I worship You for You are God who knows all things; nothing is hidden from your sight.
GOD IS OMNIPRESENT
Dear God, You are Omnipresent! Your presence is everywhere. I praise You for being present at all places. You are in the past, present and future. I worship You for being present in all times.
I Kings 8:27
Romans 8:35, 38-39
Colossians 1:17 II
GOD IS IMMUTABLE
Dear God, You are Immutable! You never change or vary and I praise You. I worship You for being unchangeable. You have always been and alway will be the great I AM.
I Samuel 15:29
Psalm 119:89, 152
GOD IS FAITHFUL
Dear God, You are Faithful! I praise You for being dependable and reliable. You are loyal, You are devoted and You are unwavering. I worship You for You are steadfast, constant and true.
I Corinthians 10:13
II Timothy 1:12
II Timothy 2:13
I John 1:9
GOD IS HOLY
Dear God, You are Holy! I honor You for You are spiritually perfect. I praise You for You are pure. You are sinless and deserving of all awe, reverence and adoration. I worship a Holy God.
I Samuel 2:2
I Peter 1:15-16
GOD IS JUST
Dear God, You are Just! I praise You for You are right and You are fair. You are completely impartial. I worship You for being upright, lawful, correct and true. You are a righteous God.
II Chronicles 19:7
II Thessalonians 1:5-7
GOD IS WISE
Dear God, You are Wise! Your wisdom goes past knowledge to understanding and action. I praise You for having keen perception and discernment. I worship You for You have the power of judging rightly. You always make right choices.
I Chronicles 28:9
GOD IS ETERNAL
Dear God, You are Eternal! I praise You for existing though all time. I worship You for You are without beginning or end. You are everlasting.
I Timothy 1:17
GOD IS THE CREATOR
Dear God, You are the Creator! You are the one who brought into existence the universe and all matter and life in it. I praise and worship You, creator of all things.
GOD IS GOOD
Dear God, You are Good! I praise You for You are virtuous and excellent. You are an upright God all the time. I worship You for You are essentially, absolutely and consummately good.
I Timothy 4:4
II Peter 1:3-4
One more quote from Dug, "Squirrel!" It does not take much to distract us. A simple "squirrel" could make us take our eyes off our master. May we not wait, withhold, overlook or let a "squirrel" get in the way of our praise to our master. The more we do it, the more we feel it. The more we feel it, the more we do it. Praising God first then becomes a part of how we live, feel and think. Out of our heart our mouth will speak and proclaim who God is. Let’s start with praise.
“You are my master and I love you.”