Words from the Heart for Friday July 21st, 2017
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. O that today you would listen to his voice!
Psalm 95:6-7 (NRSV)
Come Let Us Worship and Bow Down
Those who belong to the Lord have a great privilege of worshipping this wonderful Lord. Let us come and do it. Worship is not limited just to one day a week in a specific place. Let us worship Him wherever we are today. And, don’t miss hearing what He desires to say!
This past May, with the Toronto Raptors in the post season, Canadian rapper Drake, who serves as global ambassador for the Raptors, was at his usual seat next to the Raptors bench at home games. He is popular with the Toronto fans, and receives his share of applause when he is in the Air Canada Centre. However, at the May 5 playoff game, another iconic Canadian music legend was also in the house. Tragically Hip front man, Gord Downie, who had announced the previous year that he had been diagnosed with brain cancer, attended the Raptors game that night, and the crowd of 19,800 at the Air Canada Centre stood to their feet in applause. At halftime, when Downie went over to greet Drake, the rapper bowed down in praise.
Bowing down has been a sign of respect as long as history has been recorded. Malevolent dictators and rulers have demanded that sign of respect, and those who have refused to do so have suffered for their stand. But those who are highly respected receive such signs of respect often and freely. In Psalm 95:6-7, the Psalmist invites all to bow before the Lord in worship and respect. He writes, “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. O that today you would listen to his voice!” While the Bible often gives commands, and this seems to be a command, there is a sense by which this is more of an invitation. Those who understand just how much the Lord God of the Universe loves them look for opportunities to worship Him, to bow before Him, to kneel in His presence. We are reminded here of why we should jump at the opportunity to come and worship Him – He is our God and we are His people. He loves us and guides and us and provides for us, and He calls us. The Bible says that He is our shepherd and we know His voice. He is calling you today to come and worship Him. Take advantage of the invitation and find ways to worship Him today.
These have been words from the heart.