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Bowing Down

Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. Psalms 95:6 NKJV

Merriam-Webster gives the following definition for the idiom bow down, "to show weakness by agreeing to the demands or following the orders of (someone or something)." As in relinquishing control. There are certainly times to stand firmly against people and systems when they are wicked and unjust. However, there is one situation where it is always fitting to bow down when it's not a sign of weakness but honor and respect–when we worship God our Creator.

God is not merely someone or something but in a category to himself–he is God. He can do anything, knows everything, and be everywhere. It is fitting then to kneel humbly in his presence as an outward sign of regard and pledge our fidelity to our King of kings and Lord of lords.

While God is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent, he is also personal. He is not disconnected and uncaring but loves each of us. So much so that he sent Jesus to redeem and reconcile us to him. Despite our many mistakes, he continually forgives us because he is perfect love. In return, we worship him out of gratitude, esteem, and a desire to return a portion of that love to him. It's not a sign of weakness but of sincere thanks.

God our Maker, we kneel before you in humility and love to offer our praise. All honor and glory are yours. We freely confess all we are, all we have, and all we are yet to receive are results of your grace. Therefore, accept our praise and bless us this day. In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.


Pastor Tim

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