“Come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the LORD our maker,  for he is our God. We are the people he watches over, the flock under his care. If only you would listen to his voice today!”
Psalm 95: 6-7 NLT
The word worship provokes a few thoughts, and though worship can be expressed in various ways, it is not constrained to a single act. One might define worship to be a form of showing honour or reverence to God.
When the word worship is mentioned, the most common image that generally pops up is the image of singing ; especially slow songs . Hands raised, head looking up or in some cases, bowing down, eyes closed in meditation , knees bent to the ground or complete prostate on the floor. These are all forms and ways of expressing worship, yet there is more to worship than these.
As children come through the birth process ,which makes everyone a child of somebody , so is the case of our spiritual birth when we believe and accept the message of the cross. We become children of God, which, by implication, means we become benefactors to every goodness found in Christ. We share in His will and promises ( Ephesians 1: 3 – 11 ) .
This also means that we no longer own ourselves. We belong to God( 1 Corinthians 6: 20 ) .Our lives, therefore, ought to reflect this as we live through the direction of His word and the leading of His spirit ; this is a form of worship.
Remember earlier when we defined worship? An act of honour and reverence to God. One of the words in Hebrew used to define worship is the word SHACHAH , pronounced as SHAW- KHAW . It means, amongst other things , to depress; prostrate( in homage to royalty or God) , bow ( self ) down …Shachah is a very active word that places the action on the doer.
To depress, it means to lessen the strength or value of, to reduce.
John puts it this way in John 3 : 30 NLT
“He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.”.
This is an act of worship, when John, a man who was respected for who He was and what he did, considered himself of no significance in comparison to Jesus. John depressed himself, not in falsehood or as eye service but in true humility because he knew who Jesus was. Paul puts it another way 1 Corinthians 15: 31 NLT
“For I swear, dear brothers and sisters, that I face death daily. This is as certain as my pride in what Christ Jesus our Lord has done in you.”
Paul came to a place where he was willing and ready to lay down his life on a daily basis when it came to preaching the gospel. He did not value his life above God’s purpose for him. To depress yourself in this context is to put your agenda aside and to pick up God’s agenda. To consider your knowledge, experience and expertise as Little or no value in comparison to God’s plan .
To bow(self) down, is to put one’s self in a position where God’s word takes leadership in one’s affairs. An example of this may be say you have a boss in the office who is half or less your age, with so few experience and yet is your boss due to the fact they are probably connected at the top or something and as day to day affairs go, you struggle with certain steps they take , an example of bowing one’s self down, would be to remind yourself that despite the circumstances, he or she is your boss and your focus shifts from their performance or lack of performance to how best you could serve them for the ultimate benefit of the entire organisation. By doing this, you remove yourself from the way , making the interest of the organisation at large your priority. This is honoring God by honouring His word on leadership and authority, which is a form of worship.
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May God give us the ability to worship Him always till the end of time. Ecc. 12: 13 says it all. The whole duty of man is to fear God and obey His commandments for after death comes the judgement. May God help us.
We are created to worship Him x