Words from the Heart for Thursday May 17th, 2018
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.
Psalm 95:6-7 (NIV)
Let Us Bow Down
What a miracle it is that we can have a special relationship with this Mighty Creator. He is not only the Maker of the universe, He is also our Shepherd. We are the flock under His watchful, tender care. How are we to respond to this amazing God? Let us indeed bow down and worship Him.
While the news reports the demise of many older church buildings in Canada, the history of church buildings closing and being used for other purposes has been happening throughout Canadian history. One early example of the permanent adaptive reuse of a church building was the Baptist March Street Chapel in Toronto, which became an orphanage known as Newsboys’ Home after it was sold in 1841. Earlier still, St. James Church was used as a hospital for wounded soldiers during the War of 1812.
In Psalm 95, David the Psalmist has been reminding us of the uniqueness and power of the God of Israel. He tells us that He is the only true God, and the creator of all things. There are implications to these truths and in Psalm 95:6-7, David tells us that those implication are: “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.” David reminds us that this true God, this powerful, creative God, by His nature calls us to a response of worship and humility. That would be the case if He were just the powerful creator, but there is another side to Him – He loves us and protects us. He shepherds us and cares for us, providing all that we need. So, we are called to bow before Him, to offer ourselves to Him in penitence and worship. It is natural for us to do so, if we have experienced His forgiveness and redeeming love in Jesus. Today, come before Him and worship your God.
These have been words from the heart.