“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 show submission by kneeling or bow down before Him in an “act” of humility and sincerity that reflects our “attitude” of devotion.
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 and willingness to submit 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 grace and goodness. And when we see Him
at work in our lives or in His world, we are to bow in worship to our King.
Prayer: Father, may we recognize Your grace and gifts in our lives, and bow before You with grateful hearts and worship You in humility and devotion. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Honor the Lord for the glory of his name. Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness. Psalm 29:2
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