Ask God to orient or reorient you to Himself. Confess any known sin. Thank Him for His forgiveness. Be still and reflect on Jesus and His sacrifice for you. Ask the Holy Spirit to open your heart and mind to God’s Word. Pray for others in your life that they, too, would know and love God today.
33 “Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable His judgments, and His paths beyond tracing out! 34 ‘Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been His counselor?’ 35 ‘Who has ever given to God, that God should repay him?’ 36 For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever! Amen.”
We’ve already said that this passage is a doxology and that it’s a declaration of praise for God.
Today I think it would be good for us to look at what it means to praise God and why do we do it.
Praise to God is what we offer in acknowledgement of God’s excellent being. You might think that praise is the same as saying “thank you,” but there is a difference. Thanksgiving describes our attitude toward what God has done, while praise is offered for who God is. Think of when the psalmist said, “I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise…(18:3).”
Praise originates in a heart full of love toward God; it’s something we do because we know He first loved us! Without His love, our praise would be shallow. The kind of praise we’re talking about comes from a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. We can’t miss this; it’s essential to our praise.
Praise is something that can be an integral part of our lives. It can be expressed in song, prayer, and in our thought life. One of the best things about praise is it can be done continuously through our everyday actions, as well as in our innermost thoughts. Praise can be all-encompassing. It is an essential act of Christian worship. It’s done anytime we turn our attention toward God; it gives credit where credit is due.
Today, praise God for who He is to you personally. Let’s proclaim His goodness together, without measure. His goodness to us is abundant and overflowing.
Let’s praise God for His holiness, mercy, and justice. Praise God for His grace and goodness. Praise God for His kindness. Praise God for His salvation.
*From what you have just read and considered: What is a personal implication/application for your life today?
(Personalize this prayer today; make it specific to the circumstances that face you.)
Ask God to lead you through His Spirit as you go through your day. Ask Him to bring to mind the truth of the gospel and its implications for what you will encounter today. Tell Him “Yes” to His will and ask Him for His power and protection to live this “yes.” Ask God to create and reveal opportunities to proclaim the good news today. KEEP PRAYING THROUGHOUT YOUR DAY.
Inspiration and insight for the devotionals came from the following books: Reading Romans with John Stott; The Message of Romans: God’s Good News for the World (The Bible Speaks Today Series), Stott, John; Romans (The NIV Application Commentary Book 6) Moo, Douglas J.; Encountering the Book of Romans: A Theological Survey (Encountering Biblical Studies) Moo, Douglas J.; Believers Bible Commentary; The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, with the New International Version, Romans through Galatians; NIV Application Study Bible. The Cambridge Bible Commentary, Romans, Best, Ernest. Romans 8-16 For You: For reading, for feeding (God’s Word For You – Romans Series Book 2, Keller, Timothy.