Amazed by God’s Love
In the song, “I Stand Amazed in the Presence,” the chorus proclaims:
“How marvelous! How wonderful!
And my song shall ever be;
How marvelous! How wonderful!
Is my Savior’s love for me!” ~Charles Gabriel1
Charles Gabriel wrote this song out of gratitude for Jesus sweating blood in the Garden of Gethsemane. Gabriel wrote the song after he read the account in Luke.”2
“And He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and began to pray, saying, ‘Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.’ Now an angel from heaven appeared to Him, strengthening Him. And being in agony He was praying very fervently; and His sweat became like drops of blood, falling down upon the ground.” ~Luke 22:41-44 NASB
God’s love evokes a song of praise to rise up in our hearts for how wonderful and marvelous He is to us.
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God’s love is so incredible, we are compelled to respond to Him in thanksgiving, praise, and adoration.
“Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thinks to Him, bless His name.” ~Psalm 100:4 NASB
Thanksgiving and gratitude are a choice. While gratitude is an emotion of the heart, thanksgiving is an expression or acknowledgement for something good that is done for us.
“Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to Him with songs of praise!” ~Psalm 95:2 AMPC
“Through Him [Jesus Christ] then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name.” ~Hebrews 13:15 NASB
“It is good to give thanks to the Lord and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High.” ~Psalm 92:1 NASB
“Oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples.” ~Psalm 105:1 NASB
Despite how we are feeling, we can praise the Lord for His goodness, His love, His presence, and His mighty power. Praise is an expression of honor, glory and exaltation.
“Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in His mighty heavens. Praise Him for His mighty acts; praise Him according to [the abundance of] His greatness. Praise Him with trumpet sound; praise Him with harp and lyre. Praise Him with tambourine and dancing; praise Him with stringed instruments and flute. Praise Him with resounding cymbals; praise Him with loud cymbals. Let everything that has breath and every breath of life praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!)” ~Psalm 150:1-6 AMP
“Is any among you suffering? Let him pray. Is any cheerful? Let him sing praises.” ~James 5:13 WEB
“Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our [gracious and majestic] God; praise is becoming and appropriate.” ~Psalm 147:1 AMP
Adoration is ‘the act of addressing’ God as in worship. Adoration can be expressed through bowing, kneeling, or laying prostrate.
“Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Yours is the dominion, O Lord, and You exalt Yourself as head over all.” ~1 Chronicles 29:11 NASB
“Come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.” ~Psalm 95:6 NASB
“Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to Your name give glory because of Your lovingkindness, because of Your truth.” ~Psalm 115:1 NASB
“Your name, O Lord, endures forever, Your fame, O Lord, throughout all ages.” ~Psalm 135:13 AMPC
In the song, In the Presence of a Holy God, Kent Henry inspires us to gaze upon the Lord in the beauty of His holiness.
And I cry holy, holy, holy God
How awesome is Your name
Holy, holy, holy God
How majestic is Your reign
And I am changed in the presence of a holy God.
In the song, 10,000 Reasons, Matt Redman calls our souls forward to bless the Lord because He is worthy of our worship.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, O my soul
Worship His Holy name
Sing like never before, O my soul
I’ll worship Your Holy name.
I pray your spirit, soul and body are encouraged to give thanks, praise, worship and adoration to the One Who is worthy of all honor.
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1 Gabriel, Charles H. I Stand Amazed in the Presence. Published in 1905. Copyright: public domain. Retrieved June 30, 2022, from Open Hymnal Project: My Savior’s Love (also known as I Stand Amazed in the Presence)
2 I Stand Amazed Hymn History and Lyrics. Published September 19, 2019 by Christian Music and Hymns. Retrieved June 30, 2022, from I Stand Amazed Hymn History and Lyrics (christianmusicandhymns.com)
Amplified Bible, Classis Edition (AMPC) Copyright 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.
Boa, Ken. Verses for Worship & Adoration. Published April 1, 2020. Retrieved June 30, 2022, from Verses for Worship & Adoration | Ken Boa
In the Presence of a Holy God. Written by Mark Altrogge in 1988. Retrieved June 30, 2022, from In the Presence | Sovereign Grace Music
New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB 1995), copyright 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.
Webster’s 1828 Dictionary. http://www.webstersdictionary1828.com/Dictionary
What Does the Bible Say about Children and Singing Praise? Published by Open Bible. Retrieved June 30, 2022, from What Does the Bible Say About Children And Singing Praise? (openbible.info)
What Does the Bible Say about Singing and Dancing? Published by Open Bible. Retrieved June 30, 2022, from What Does the Bible Say About Singing And Dancing? (openbible.info)
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