Adoration differs from other acts of worship, such as supplication, confession of sin, etc., inasmuch as it formally consists in self-abasement before the Infinite, and in devout recognition of His transcendent excellence.
An admirable example of adoration is given in the Apocalypse vii 11, 12: "And all the angels stood rouud about the throne, and about the ancients, and about the living creatures; and they fell before the throne upon their faces, and adored God, saying: Amen.
The goodness which these creatures possess by participation or association is a reflection of God's goodness ; by honouring them in the proper way we offer tribute to the Giver of all good.
This was clearly an act of adoration in its highest sense; yet that it could have other meaning, we know from, e.g., 1 Samuel , which says that David adored "falling on his face to the ground" before Jonathan, who had come to warn him of Saul's hatred.
In like manner Gen xxxi;; 3 narrates tbat Jacob, on meeting his brother Esau "bowed down with he face to the ground seven times".
The connection between our inner feelings and their articulate utterance is obvious.
Thus far we have spoken of the worship given directly to God as the infinitely perfect Being.