“Is worship an act or an attitude?” asked the Old Testament professor.
As soon as the question was asked a fierce debate erupted among the students. There was more heat than light in the classroom as positions were defined and reinforced with passages of Scripture and definitions from a dictionary. There was little disagreement about the fact that the end of worship was to show deep, profound and extravagant respect and devotion to God. But the when and where seemed to be a problem.
Many Christians place worship on their weekly schedule as something “to do” on Sunday morning at eleven o’clock. It is an “event” that has been part of their lives since they were children and one they will continue to “practice” as long as they live.
However, worship in Psalm 29 is something we are to do because of what God has done for us. We are to ascribe or bow down before Him in an “act” of humility and sincerity that reflects our “attitude” of submission.
When there is a parade that honors Queen Elizabeth II we see people bow as she passes before them. We hear them shout, “Long live the Queen” and they address her as “Your Majesty.” These acts reflect an attitude of submission to her as their Queen. They are openly demonstrating their devotion to her.
Can we do less for our Lord? Says the Psalmist, “Worship – bow down in submission to – the Lord in the splendor of His holiness! Wherever we look we can see God if we open our eyes to His glory. And when we see Him at work, we are to bow in worship to our King.
Prayer: Father, may we bow before You with grateful hearts and worship You in humility and devotion. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 29:2 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness.