The term “worship” has somehow come to mean “standing and singing Christian songs” in many church contexts today. Although I love singing praises to God, and always feel invigorated when I do, I’m acutely aware that “worship” is so much more. Psalm 95:6 says “Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.” This tells me that “worship” is an act of humility, where we physically, and with all that we are, display the great honour and respect due to our Lord and Saviour. Today we will look at a wonderful example of devoted worship in the NT.
When the disciples realised that Christ was resurrected from the dead “They came to Him, clasped His feet and worshiped Him.” There is an act of humility of the heart, body and mind that is involved in worship. When we truly know that we serve someone far greater than ourselves…. someone “who was, and is, and is to come,” we can’t help but bow down to the lowest level. John 4:24 says “His worshipers must worship in Spirit and in truth.” If God is Spirit, and He is pure, and we live in Christ, then we must worship in Spirit and in truth. Anything else is false worship. If the angels and the Living Creatures in Heaven bow down, then so must we.
Ro 12:1 says, “offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship.” Worship involves our heart, mind, body and will in obedient service, and it gives back to us a richness that is outside worldly explanation. It’s not always outwardly prosperous…not always easy…but always enriching to our soul.
As representatives on earth of our Lord and Saviour, let’s worship Jesus with all that we are.