Yesterday, we said that an acronym we might keep in our minds when we pray is ACTS. The A stands for adoration. In adoration, we praise God for Who God is, for the characteristics or personality traits of God.
Psalm 19, in which the psalmist praises God for His grace, creativity, power, and goodness and for the beauty of God's law, expresses adoration.
God continues to deserve our praise. Because Jesus Christ, God-in-the-flesh, has shared the worst of this life in order to give all who believe in Him the best of the life to come, we have even more reason than the writer of Psalm 8 to ask God, incredulously: "When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?"
Adoration is a great way to begin our prayers. It's a reality check for us as we strive to have an honest conversation with the God Who wants to be our best friend. In expressing adoration for God, we acknowledge the truth of God's greatness and goodness. And we thank God for Who God is.