Question No. 1:
If you were to see me in public running errands, say perhaps at Walgreens or Back to Basics, and instead of calling you by your name, Bob, Sue, Joe or Donna, I called you Adorian (A-dor-e-n) — “Hey Adorian how are you? How is the fam? What’s new in your life” What would your response be?
A) Stop, look at me weird and think, “Oh she has my name mixed up with someone else’s.”
B) Correct me by saying “Simone, you know my name is __________”.
C) Think I mispronounced a word in the Trekkie vernacular (but the lack of “V” hand gesture would leave you puzzled).
D) Ignore me completely because you were so insulted that I called you something other than your name.
E) Thank you very much (not to quote Elvis at all).
F) None of the above.
The answer would be E) and I would expect everyone else in the room to look my way also because I called them by name.
This answer to the above is the very thing that awakened my heart a year or two ago.
Enrolled in seminary, working on my master’s degree, I followed my weekly routine of teaching a full day of school at Payson High and then heading down to the Valley after school to go to my seminary classes.
I arrived, found a chair, situated my bundle of items — briefcase, laptop, purse, and dinner on the desk — and was looking forward to Hebrew. My professor began the lecture and repeated a phrase he also used in Old Testament class, “That we are created as Homo Adorians.”
That statement made this hungry girl stop, sit and ponder adoring Him before I began my routine of multi-tasking: taking lecture notes and eating dinner simultaneously.
You see, God created us to ADORE HIM and Him alone. Not any other thing, person or stuff. Him — SOLO; none other beside Him or higher than Him. While the world, scientists and many others believe that we are Homo sapiens, the wise, intelligent beings with knowledge, instead, in all actuality, God created us as beings to adore Him. So technically speaking, from the spiritual standpoint of things, considering the heavenly throne, our proper names are accurately and rightfully Adorians because we were created to praise, worship and adore God.
Webster’s dictionary defines adore as to
1: worship or honor as a deity or as divine
2: regard with loving admiration and devotion
3: be very fond of
The Hebrew language takes this whole concept of adoration and praise a bit deeper and richer drawing us into a clearer meaning. The Hebrew language, which is a visual language, is one that usually expresses an intensive or intentional action full of life and emotion.
___, halal (pronounced hä·lal’) is the translation of praise, which means to boast, make one’s boast, to glory, to be praised, be made praiseworthy, be commended, be worthy of praise. In addition to this, it speaks clearly of our job as a command of what we need to be faithful in doing.
A similarity might be what we see in today’s society when someone is passionate about their favorite sports team. That someone will sing praises, bragging and boasting, never ceasing in, regards to their favorite team. It often times increases and continues with intensity especially when it comes to a big game such as a playoff.
So we see that the Hebrew and Webster’s explanation both describe our response and behavior to our Adorian names. Wow! What an awesome privilege to go before the throne of God with that job description.
Did you know that this job description is one that the angels currently have? Yes! We are also called Adorians because we were designed with a similar responsibility of the angelic creatures. That quality is acknowledging the only Triune (sic) God, the only God with complete supremacy, complete authority, ruling and reigning on His throne, and bowing the knee and heart with humility in response to that.
The angels did not rest day or night because they were busy saying “ Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come”
This passage shows how the created angels of heaven had one job to do. Declare praises and adoration to God almighty. They did it day and night without rest, declaring the character of God over and over. Everywhere they went they declared the character of God. They were diligent, faithful and never ceasing in their quest of proclamation.
Likewise, our sole purpose of God creating us was to have this same type of fellowship and communion with Him. Declaring praises with adoration hopefully day and night without rest, declaring His character over and over. Everywhere we go in all that we do: diligent, faithful and never ceasing.
So regardless if a person knows God, likes God, understands God or even serves God, he/she was created to praise God. The sole purpose of God’s creation was to fellowship with Him. Christ was the propitiation for us to do that; bringing reconciliation between God and man. This is one reason for us to declare praise.
In the Biblical Jewish culture and many other cultures, a person’s name was not only used to identify who they are, but to also describe their character, behavior and personality. Since our name is Adorian then we need to ask ourselves if we are living up to our name. Am I behaving in the nature that my name calls me to do? Do I have the characteristics of one with the name Adorian?
This leads me to Question No. 2:
If you were being tested on something extremely important, which answer would be the valid correction key?
A) A guitar
B) A cactus
C) The clouds
E) All of the above
If you picked E) All of the above, you are correct. Actually question one and two have a lot in common. So you may be asking, “What in the world does a person named Adorian have in common with a cactus, let alone a guitar, clouds and rocks?”
The answer is so clear when you observe nature. The next time you drive down to Phoenix from Payson, or even making the trek from Strawberry and Pine to Payson, look at all of nature that surrounds you. It all is a beautiful visual orchestra. Each part is giving declaration of praises to God. It is all on autopilot daily to declare the great glories of the Lord. The pages of the Bible opens up in living color as one observes the clouds, dew, sunrise, sunset, moon, sky mountains, valley and many more elements in nature acquiesces to one purpose and call of their being.
Praise Him, sun and moon; Praise Him, all you stars of light! Fire and hail, snow and clouds; Praise Him! Praise the LORD from the earth; Stormy wind, fulfilling His word.
Mountains and all hills; Fruitful trees and all cedars, Praise Him! Let them praise the name of the LORD, For His name alone is exalted; His glory [is] above the earth and heaven.
“Even all the cacti with their own hands lifted up praises to God with perfect harmony in a silent yet joyous concert giving homage to God. The sound of their obedience is so loud that it echoes throughout the canyons. Harmony is shear perfection as everything is in unity and form, all giving glorious praise to our Master and King.”
This anthem of praise and worship calls us practically yelling out, enticing us to join in worship to a holy God sitting high on his throne with our precious Savior on His right side. All of creation, all of nature at nature and the scriptures come into alignment. Jesus tells us that even the rocks will cry out with praise if we do not obey.
Stringed instruments (not to mention all other instruments) are also called upon to diligently play praise and worship to the almighty God. Guitar, cello, zither, harp — all of them were called upon.
“Also with the lute I will praise You — [And] Your faithfulness, O my God! To You I will sing with the harp, O Holy One of Israel. Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes!”
So if nature and stringed instruments have no problem lifting up praises to God, then we as Adorians shouldn’t have any problems either. After all, they are the living visual example for us to model.
Matter of fact, I challenge you the next time you want to complain, grumble, swear, gossip or to tear down another person, instead, use your tongue for what it was created for, praise to a holy God.
So, don’t forget ... when you drive down to the Valley, spend time joining with nature praising Him. And don’t forget to look for the cacti whose arms are lifted up in praise.
NEVER EVER allow nature to show you up in this department of praising God.
And if I call out to you while we are standing in line at the store or while at the dog park “Hey, Adorian!” — don’t be offended or look at me weird, instead, just respond back “Hey you, Adorian you” and then we will join together in praise.
Are you a faithful Adorian? Do the stringed instruments, plants and all creation outshine you when it comes to praise and worship? Do you praise God the way Christ showed us how? Would you be faithful to take the time to worship God? Would you?
Revelation 4:8, Psalm 71, Psalm 148, Psalm 150
Additional Biblical Texts to Read:
Books to Read
“Blue Like Jazz” by Donald Miller; “Enter His Courts with Praise” by Andrew E. Hill; “With One Voice” by Reggie Kidd
About the author
Simone Lake is a full-time minister serving in the areas of Bible teacher, speaker, missionary and author. She attends Church on Randall Place where she serves alongside her husband, Pastor John Lake. Read more about her work and upcoming events at:
Current Bible Studies
• Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Gazing at the King, Church on Randall Place
• Thursday, 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.: Gazing at the King, Mountain Bible Church
All are welcome to attend.
Gazing at the King is an inductive Bible study that Simone Lake is currently writing.
March 28: Workshop speaker at Spur One Another On Conference, Mountain Bible Church, Payson
April 2009: Missionary Trip-Philippians-METS Conference for health professionals
May 2009: Missionary trip to Ecuador, teaching, training, leadership development