Why Should We Bow Down in Worship?
Recently, I was reading a number of familiar scriptures from the Psalms on the subject of praise and worship, and I wanted to take a few minutes to share a few things with you to help you in your own worship life. Specifically, let’s talk about what the Bible says about bowing down before the Lord in worship.
There is one section of Scripture that come to mind, which is this:
“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.” ~ Psalm 95:6-7
I love that verse, and it tells us some really important things about our worship life.
Look at Psalm 95 again. Go on, read it out loud…just the first seven words.
“Come, let us worship and bow down.”
The Lord has cemented together the topic of WORSHIP and one of the expressions of that worship: BOWING DOWN. The Lord is essentially saying to us—-to YOU—“I want you to worship Me, and here is one of the ways that I want you do it.”
Even if you do not know or understand what “bowing down” means in worship, you have to see that the Lord is CALLING you to press in and embrace this way of worshipping Him.
Acting out our worship
Look at the next part of that section. “Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.”
Who is doing the kneeling? You are. Who are you kneeling before? The Lord Himself. This is a very personal way of worshiping Him, to benefit no one else but God. As that section of scripture goes on to say, He is our God and we are HIS people. We are bowing and kneeling to demonstrate our SUBMISSION to His lordship over us, to show HONOUR and REVERENCE, and to RESPECT His position as God of all the universe.
When you are standing there, worshipping God with all of your heart, bowing your HEART before Him, it can be the most natural thing for your POSTURE to follow suit.
There have been number of times during praise and worship that my wife Bella and I have felt impressed to kneel or bow down before the Lord. It is usually the times when the Lord is showing up, manifesting His holy presence while we worship Him, that we just slowly drop to our knees.
It is not a “religious” thing to do, ie kneeling because some person or some prayer book told us to kneel. We kneel because we want to show–to DEMONSTRATE–our love, our submission, our respect and our reverence for the Lord Himself.
There go your slippers…
He is the God of Israel, the God of all creation……if He walked in your kitchen right now, at this moment, you would NOT be able to stand! His holy presence would knock you out of your fluffy slippers!
One last thing to think about on the subject of kneeling and bowing in worship. You will probably feel quite CONSPICUOUS about kneeling when everyone around you is standing during worship. That is perfectly normal. We somehow feel that we will look out of place….and the truth is that you may indeed appear out of place, since so many Christians and Messianic believers have not been taught to kneel and bow down in worship. That is one of the reasons that we are sharing this with you today.
Regardless of feeling self-conscious, we bow for the Lord’s benefit. We kneel and bow because the Lord has written His word for our example for TRUE WORSHIP.
We bow when He directs us, and particularly when our HEARTS are bowed down in reverence before Him. Surely, there are times when we cannot help but bow……the Lord God and Messiah Yeshua (‘Jesus’ in Hebrew) are awesome in power and splendor. How can I not bow in worship?
ACT on it right now!
I urge you to read and study the Word of God for yourself, to read these examples of praise and worship for yourself, and then begin to ACT ON THEM, in a reverent and considerate manner.
Be blessed in your worship life, and please SHARE THIS ARTICLE with others who need to grow in their own worship life.
Have a brilliant day,
Jerry Kuzma, Director