- the act of paying honor, as to a divine being; worship.
- reverent homage.
- fervent and devoted love.
- (as it was defined for me as a child) praising God for who He is. Actually, the definition for adoration that I was taught at summer camp is a better definition for the word “ascribe”: though, as an adult, I can see how the two of them can go hand in hand, so maybe I missed something in the translation done by a 12 year old mind.
We are commanded in Scripture to “ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name”.
Ascribe: verb (used with object), as·cribed, as·crib·ing.
- to credit or assign, as to a cause or source; attribute; impute. ex: The alphabet is usually ascribed to the Phoenicians.
- to attribute or thing of as belonging, as a quality or characteristic. ex: They ascribed courage to me for something I did out of sheer panic. Source: Dictionary.com
I keep my journal at home in my prayer closet, and I only take it with me if I’m going to be away from home for any length of time…for the most part, it is a tool for private, devotions in the privacy of my own home. My adoration section is at the front of my journal, and I have labeled the first thirteen pages with the ABC’s. On page one is A and B, page two is C and D, and so on through the alphabet. Underneath each letter’s heading are names of God that I have found in my quiet times. While my playlist is playing, I read through these attributes and names of God, and praise Him in worship for who He is. If he has answered a prayer of provision, I may be stuck on the name “Jehovah Jireh”, which means “The Lord will provide”. If He has answered a prayer for healing, I may focus on the name “Jehovah Rapha”, which means “the Lord heals”. Often, attributes will come to me through my Bible reading, or through music I”m listening to (outside of my quiet time), and I will pull out my book and add them in to have on hand next time I am in the adoration and ascribe zone.