In Larry Crabb’s book “The Papa Prayer,” he challenges his readers to think about who it is we are worshiping. Here is the first half of my response.
Praise be to you, Lord God, for who you are.
You are the Triune Creator–Elohim–whose power is seen in creation and whose faithfulness is seen in providing salvation.
You are the Holy One–Yahweh–who hates sin and will punish it, and at the same time loves sinners, has provided a way of forgiveness and calls all your enemies to come into your Kingdom. In your holiness you are to be feared, for you will deal with sin, confront our failures and correct us. In the light of your awesome, over-whelming presence, to fear you means to care deeply about what you think and to fear the consequences of disobeying you.
You are the balanced One, both righteous and gracious, who chastens and cherishes us. You bring pressures into our lives so that we can see our sin and repent; so that we can mature; so that we can honor you in each difficulty by doing the dance of faith on the stage of grace, letting those around us see your provision and power.
You are the passionate One, who loves us fiercely, who delights in us, who desires to spend time with us, who cherishes us and sings over us.
You are the partnering One, calling us to work with you, even though you could do it all much better yourself. You invite us into your plans, giving us significant roles and the power to fulfill them. And then you reward us for joining you in your work and following your guidance.
I worship you, O living, Triune God, for you are worthy of worship, of surrender, of obedience and praise. Help me to walk today in the light of your presence, giving you the honor you deserve through whole-hearted submission and offering the sacrifice of thanksgiving in each happening.