Respond: A Call to Authentic Worship (Part 9)
How do we worship? What are we “allowed” to do while still being reverent before the Lord, worshiping in spirit and truth? What is God's desire for our worship? Does He give us the right to pick and choose how we worship?
Over the course of this multi-part devotional, we will discover and learn the ways that we can actively worship God when we come together as the gathered Church. We are told in Paul’s letter to the church in Corinth that our mere existence, even eating or drinking, can be worship to God; so we understand that our worship is not confined to a time or a place—it is a lifestyle. This mini-series is intended to develop our worship as it pertains to the intentional physical and spiritual acts that we do during our worship. Granted, these things can (and should) be done whether we are at church or not. My hope is that churches and believers everywhere, will experience true freedom in worship together—a glimpse into what heaven may be like one day. God desires us to worship in this way. Let’s learn together.
“So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31 (NLT)
Part 9: Our Physical Posture - Bowing
“Come, let us worship Him. Everyone bow down; kneel before the Eternal who made us.” Psalm 95:6 (VOICE)
“Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence. So please don’t lose heart because of my trials here. I am suffering for you, so you should feel honored. When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth.” Ephesians 3:12-15 (NLT)
“Lay yourself bare, facedown to the ground, in humility before the Lord; and He will lift your head so you can stand tall.” James 4:10 (VOICE)
We bow to the Lord in worship, recognizing that He is the One who created us. He is the LORD, the Eternal One, and bowing to Him reveals our reverence and submission to Him. We also bow before the Lord because of all that He has done for us. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus, we have been given the option of eternal life, and we are given the freedom to enter confidently into God’s presence. A true understanding of this should draw us to our knees. We also bow in humility before God, recognizing that He is the one in charge, not us. Upon accepting Jesus as our Savior, we recognize Him as the Lord over our lives.