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Bow and Kneel

“Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭95‬:‭6-7‬ ‭NIV‬‬

If you’ve ever watched a film about the Medieval times of Kings, Queens, and Knights, you have likely seen a scene like this. 

A hush falls over the grand hall as the heavy oak doors creak open. All eyes turned to the imposing figure at the head of the room: the King, resplendent in his crimson robes adorned with gold. A palpable tension fills the air, thick with the weight of ceremony and the power of royalty. Each subject approaches the throne with measured steps, their hearts pounding in their chests. Reaching the designated spot, they bend their knees low, head bowed in deep reverence.

The common folk display fealty and submission in bowing before the earthly King.

When we bow before our King, the Lord, our Maker, and Giver of all good things, we do it humbly as a sign of respect, yielding to God’s superiority over us. We do it worshipfully, offering our prayers of thanksgiving and petitions for others and ourselves. 

Today’s verse also says we are to kneel. Like bowing, it is a sign of submission and deference, humility and reverence, but it is also a position of supplication. In this vulnerable position, we signify our desire for forgiveness, guidance, and mercy. It also symbolizes our surrender and acceptance to God and acknowledges our acceptance of his will over ours. 

Almighty God, Maker of heaven and earth, we come before You today in humble adoration. We gladly and gratefully accept Your power and majesty. We kneel in submission, recognizing our dependence on Your love and grace. For You are our God, and we are the people of Your pasture, the sheep of Your hand. We offer You our hearts and minds, open to Your Word and will. May our lives be a reflection of Your glory, filled with thanksgiving and praise. Help us to walk in Your ways, following Your commandments with unwavering faith. In Your presence, Lord, we find peace and joy. In Your strength, we find courage and hope. May we forever be bowed down in grateful worship, kneeling before You, our Heavenly King. Amen.


Pastor Tim

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