Often when we think of “bowing down” before our Lord, our God, our Maker, we think of physically bowing the knee to God in humble praise. While this is good, and should be the posture of the Church as worshippers, God is far more interested in our hearts….are we bowing down on the inside? Are we submitting our lives to the will of the Father and allowing the Spirit to help us live under His moral code?
Jesus said of the Pharisees that they liked to pray in public places and receive the praise of man, but their hearts were far from Him. Jesus knows that we all sin, but are we repentant when we do or just remorseful when we get caught? There’s a huge difference in God’s eyes. God said of unrepentant Israel that He did not want their sacrifices, but rather their faithful acknowledgment (Hosea 6:6).
God wants our hearts. Biblically it is our hearts that are the centre of our will. A broken and contrite heart God will not despise (Psalm 51:17). Submitting our will completely to God will take us to a place of brokenness, as God works on our greed, pride, selfishness, unhealthy desires etc, but out of that place God will make beauty out of ashes ….His beauty (Isaiah 61:3). So don’t be afraid to bow down in worship of your Creator. He knows you better than you know yourself.
When we bow down our hearts to God He will use us to achieve His purposes on earth. When we bow down to Christ His light shines out of us. Joy, peace and hope become our daily experience, no matter our circumstances, and other people are definitely attracted to that. The choice is always ours.
Are we willing to bow down to the Lord today?