"O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker! For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand."
Psalms 95:5-6 NRSV
Do you remember as children kneeling by your bed at night saying prayers? Maybe it was the standard, "Now I lay me down to sleep." Before Covid-19, it was common practice to kneel at the altar when receiving communion. There are many songs written about what it means to be down on our knees in prayer. In kneeling and bowing, we demonstrate our respect and subservience to the Lord.
If you're like me, the knees aren't what they once were. Kneeling is not the problem; it’s rising. Whether we're physically or mentally kneeling, our respectful, spiritual attitude is essential. We acknowledge our Trinitarian God, our Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer in our praise and worship, giving thanks for our life, salvation through Jesus Christ, and the gift of the Holy Spirit. We also renew our covenant with God to be his willing and obedient servants. This subservience is not a bad thing, but a joyful relinquishment of all our toils and troubles and recognizing that God is our Lord.
Precious Lord, our Maker, Savior, and Giver, we kneel in your presence. You are our God, and we are your people. Forgive us those times when we are negligent, obstinate, and disobedient. Please help us as we listen for your voice, and give us the courage to be obedient to your will. In your Son, Christ Jesus, we pray. Amen.