In Christianity on March 29, 2009 at 7:38 pm

Reverence ranks high among sources of Christian richness.  Why?  Because, without the grand re-calibration attained through reverential worship, our lives spin out of control.  Demands press us.  Aspirations drive us.  We invite the market-driven, real-time, multimedia culture to invade our sanctuaries—personal and communal.

“Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).  Stop.  Breathe.  Be mindful.  One of the great blessings of right worship is silence.  Silence helps beget reverence. Silence provides space—space to prepare ourselves, space to repent, space to reflect.  Little wonder then that among the Psalms that call us to worship, the ninety-fifth counsels: “Come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker.”  

Kneel!  “What a quaint custom,” our culture thinks.  Yet is not kneeling a way of silencing our pride and admitting to our neighbor we are equally unworthy before God?  We are created with a body, not just to bear our souls, but to express our worship.  Kneeling acknowledges our submission before God; our reverential awe and godly fear.

Most of all, our Savior Jesus Christ—after Whom we are to model ourselves (1 Corinthians 11:1)—knew the value of reverence before the Father.  Hebrews 5:7 tells us, “In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence.”

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