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
We never feel cleaner or holier than when we humbly bow before our holy God and abandon ourselves in worship.
The writer Hugh Blair said it will: “It is for the sake of man, not of God, that worship and prayers are required; that man may be made better—that he may be confirmed in a proper sense of his dependent state, and acquire those pious and virtuous dispositions in which his highest improvement consists.”
When Christ was being tempted by the devil in the wilderness, Satan said: “All this I will give you if you will bow down and worship me.”
Our Lord replied, “Away from Me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only’” (Matthew 4:9, 10).
Man has an innate proclivity to worship. People who have never known God worship something—the sun, the moon, an idol, and a myriad of other things.
The Apostle Paul, when in Athens, Greece, found a “city full of idols.” On Mar’s Hill he proclaimed: “Men of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious.
“For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: “To an unknown god. Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you” (Acts 17:22, 23). Then the apostle preached Christ to them.
Roswell C. Long, a writer, pointed out that “Worship liberates the personality by giving a new perspective to life, by integrating life with the multitude of life forms, by bringing into the life the virtues of humility, loyalty, devotion, and rightness of attitude, thus refreshing and reviving the spirit.”
Our Lord said: “The true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and His worshipers must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:23, 24).
One of the saddest times of the Old Testament is when Israel turned its back on God and worshiped an idol. On Mount Sinai God had just given Moses the Ten Commandments written by His own finger.
The first and second commandments read: “You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourself an idol. . . . You shall not bow down to them or worship them” (Exodus 20:3, 4).
When Moses came off the mountain, he found the people worshiping a golden calf, an idol, which God had just condemned to Moses.
Likewise, mankind today has its idols. In his book “Peace with God” Billy Graham comments: “We have come to worship things, status, fame, popularity, money, security. Anything that comes between God and ourselves is idolatry. Jesus demands lordship over all such things.”
The Lord God is worthy of all our worship. The Bible proclaims:
You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.