“Any man or woman on this earth who is bored and turned off by worship is not ready for heaven.” – A.W. Tozer
“Worship is the proper response of all moral, sentient beings to God, ascribing all honor and worth to their Creator-God precisely because He is worthy, delightfully so.” – D.A. Carson
The greatest experiences of a believer’s life, are when they not only understand what worship is, but practice it. Worship is woefully absent from far too many believer’s life. Muddling through life, many never enjoy truly humbling themselves before the LORD in absolute adoration. We were made to worship, and whether you like it or not, you worship something or someone. Unfortunately, far too many worship and bow at the altar of everything other than God.
A few days ago, we had opportunity to witness David praise the Lord, and now we get a vivid picture of Solomon worshiping. Where praise was loud; full of shouting, singing, and even dancing, worship is low, muffled, and humble. Solomon does not dance, but rather falls to his knees. Solomon does not shout in expression of praise, but rather prays in wonder and worship.
The temple has been under construction for 7 years, and is finally complete. A day of dedication is arranged, and sacrifices are made. Though praise was definitely a part of the dedication; the prayer Solomon offers is a beautiful example of worship.
On his knees with his hands outstretched toward Heaven, Solomon begins to exalt God. Solomon’s intention was to elevate God in his own eyes, and the eyes of all of Israel. God didn’t get any bigger, but His “bigness” was brought into prospective. Just as a magnifying glass does not increase the size of that which it magnifies. No, the glass only works to give focus, and allow more clarity. Solomon, through his prayer, draw all of Israel’s attention toward the greatness of Almighty God. He adjusted the telescope and brought God’s Omnipotence into perspective.
Solomon prayed, “…LORD God of Israel, there is no God like thee, in heaven above, or on earth beneath…” The longer Solomon’s prayer went the more humble he was, and the more elevated God became… this is the pure essence of worship.
Dave Hardy described worship this way, “worship is the voluntary humbling of one person, physically and spiritually in order to exalt another.” It ought to be a proper aspect of every believers walk with the LORD.
We bow our head, kneel, and even lay prostrate on the ground as a physical representation of the position of our heart. Worship is always accompanied by the proper physical posture, because worship is to “lower” or “bow”. We humble our self and exalt the Lord.
When is the last time you worshiped the King of Kings? When is the last time you desired the floor would allow you to get lower just to exalt Him more? When is the last time you were left speechless in absolute awe of His grandeur? When is the last time God looked so big in your life?
Worship really should encompass a large portion of our prayer life. When we consider the Names of God, Attributes of God, and Accomplishments of God we have much to worship. Incorporate worship into your prayer life… allow it to be the first thing you do, and the longest. Before you ever bust out your prayer list of needs and wants, first adore Him, humble yourself before Him, and worship Him.
Maybe at the conclusion of this devotion time, you ought to get on your knees (or even your face) and simple worship. Sing a song… low and humble… like “Holy, Holy, Holy”, “My Saviour’s Love”, or “When I Survey the Wonderous Cross”. Think on and bring into focus His greatness. Take time to be silent and cry about how great He is. Worship.
Daily Scripture Reading
1 Kings 8 - 9
1 Kings 9:14=15
And if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, in integrity of heart, and in uprightness, to do according to all that I have commanded thee, and wilt keep my statutes and my judgments: Then I will establish the throne of thy kingdom upon Israel for ever, as I promised to David thy father, saying, There shall not fail thee a man upon the throne of Israel.