As a kid, I looked forward to those moments when my father returned home from work. I’d wrap my entire being around his legs and tell him how much I missed him. After he struggled to walk, he’d pick me up, smother me with kisses and give me “one big hug.” Though those days are long past, I’m so grateful that I found something so much better.
For a long while, I viewed praising God as a duty and not an honor. Not seeing praise as an extension of intimacy, truly hindered my relationship with Him. Where He wanted to inhabit my praises, my limitations only restricted His arrival. But once my perspective shifted, so did my experience.
What began as a religious act, ended as an expression of love. Such an expression, that now causes a warm comforting presence to show up. One that reminds me of my father’s hugs, but is so much better. Truthfully, the stillness and comfort found in God’s warm embrace, is unlike what any human could ever give.
So on days when you need that “one big hug,” create an atmosphere of praise and adoration. And watch God show up...
“But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.”
Psalm 22:3 KJV
Song(s) Meditation: A Hug from God by Stevie Valentine
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Reflection Question(s): We invite you to discuss below.
Do you view praise and adoration as a religious act, or a form of intimacy? If as a form of intimacy, has it always been this way for you? When you praise, do you experience the all encompassing love of God? What can you do, to make this presence permanent?