Worship

Today’s reading is Revelation 4.

I find it interesting and a little bit challenging, when I search my photo stock using the word “worship,” especially connected with images of “Christian worship,” I am inundated with pictures of people standing up, eyes closed, faces to heaven, arms upstretched. However, when I look through the Bible at pictures of worship, what I find (Old and New Testaments) is people falling down, laying on the ground, bowing, casting off crowns. Don’t get me wrong, I know men are to lift holy hands in prayer. I know through Jesus Christ we are forgiven and undefiled, therefore we have confident access to God’s presence, and we don’t have to come into it with self-flagellation, scraping on the floor, and begging for entrance. Therefore, I don’t want to establish some bodily posture rule about worship. Nor do I want to paint with such a broad brush as to say every prostrate worshiper has the right mindset and every upright worshiper does not. But I wonder if this stark contrast in the majority of “pictures” between modern Google and ancient Bible demonstrates some kind of shift in our view of worship. Obviously, each of us must examine our own heart regarding what we are doing in worship. Here is what I do know. No matter how we are sitting, standing, laying prostrate, raising hands, worship is the casting down of our own selves and our own worthiness before the Lord who is the only worthy One. Whether our bodies lie prostrate or not, worship is the prostration of our hearts and minds before a holy God who was and is and is to come, who is worthy to receive glory and honor and power because He is creator and we are creation. And whether we are actively involved in a worship action or not, this must be the state of our heart before God at all times. He is worthy. Praise God!

Tomorrow’s reading is Revelation 5

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Worthy?

Today’s reading is Luke 7.

What a powerful contrast. The Jews came to Jesus saying the centurion was worthy of a miracle. The Gentile centurion, however, says, “I am unworthy for you to come into my home.” And this gets to the heart of the gospel. Sadly, too many people today take the view of these Jews. They are busy trying to be worthy or satisfied that they already are. Like Simon the Pharisee at the end of this chapter, they see themselves as righteous enough, worthy enough to touch Jesus, looking down on all the sinners around them as unworthy. But instead of Jesus giving the lesson on worthiness, he lets the Gentile centurion give the lesson of faith. “I am unworthy, but I believe in You and Your worth, Jesus.” And based on this faith, Jesus healed the servant. I am unashamed of the gospel because it is not about my worth, but His. Praise the Lord!

Tomorrow’s reading is Luke 8.

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