Psalm 95:6 “O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.”
Some cannot because their bodies will not allow it.
Some cannot because they’ve not been taught how.
Some will not because it is against their principle and their nature.
To bow before royalty is one thing. But, to bow before the king of the universe is wholly another. To kneel is an act of humility that displays submission and reverence.
But, to worship takes a whole-body experience.
Spiritually, I worship God.
“To adore; to pay divine honors to; to reverence with supreme respect and veneration” Webster’s 1828
Civically, I can worship.
“To respect; to honor; to treat with civil reverence.” Webster’s 1828
And also personally.
“To honor with extravagant love and extreme submission; as a lover.” Webster’s 1828
Most of what is called ‘worship’ today are stirred up emotion from a musically-charged experience. Biblically, we worship privately with God in our secret place; or we worship corporately as a body of Christ known as the local, New Testament, Bible-believing church.
Our personal and corporate worship is to be done in spirit and truth.
John 4:23-24 “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”
The spirit is what we bring, and God is truth. So, His presence; His Spirit is elemental to worship.
Music certainly can set the table for worship. It can go beyond our defenses and speak right to our heart. It can calm the soul and speak the truth in ways that just reading cannot. It can open doors of resistance or barriers we place to guard a wounded heart or a fearful heart.
Most have experienced corporate worship of some kind. But the type of worship we have privately with God is sadly lacking in our churches today. How do I know?
We are often offended, soon offended, and long offended with each other. We do not practice forgiveness. We do not love as we are called to love.
John 13:34-35 “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”
1 John 4:7-8 “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.”
I asked the question: “Can you do it?”
Can you kneel, bow down, and worship?
Outwardly, we can admit to one another that we do. But if our Heavenly Father were standing here, and gave testimony to our time spent in private worship, how far would we be from the truth?
One of the greatest lies we tell is, “I’m busy.”
All we are saying is that there is something we deem more important at the moment you are asking me to do something. We prioritize according to our wants and desires.
What would happen if God interrupted your schedule and daily routine and asked you to come away to pray for someone in need?
Honestly, the only thing it costs us is time.
To kneel takes humility of spirit. To submit ourselves to the Sovereign God of the universe and converse on such a personal level takes a relationship.
Nicodemus saw that there was a marked difference between the religion of the Jews that he knew so well and what Jesus was teaching and preaching. He came to Jesus by night to inquire of Him.
John 3:1-2 “There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.”
Nicodemus’ life changed that night. How do we know?
John 19:38-39 “And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus. And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight.”
He boldly took steps away from his role as a Pharisee and placed his faith in Jesus Christ. His actions that night spoke volumes.
Can we do the same?
Can we step away from the familiar? The routine? Can we steal away to be alone with God and have some private fellowship and worship Him? I am challenged every day to come away with Him in prayer and worship. But, today, I ask you; ‘Can you do it?’