“And when they [the wise men] had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him…” Matthew 2:11
The Greek word for worship used in this scripture is “proskuneo” which means, “to prostrate oneself in homage, to reverence, to adore.” This means to put your face down on the floor. These men literally bowed their head low and worshiped God with all humility and exalted His royalty.
True worship should ascribe worth to God. It should be done in reverence. It is not about singing a slow song and it’s not confined to what we do in church or open praise (although these things are good and we are told in the Bible to do them). It is the acknowledgment of God and all His power and glory in all that we do. Including: praying, reading God’s Word with an open heart, singing, participating in communion, and serving others.
It should be felt inwardly and come out thorough our “attitudes of love” and “our actions.” Just ‘going through the motions’ out of obligation is displeasing to God and done completely in vain. As he can see right through that hypocrisy and he hates it. One example of this being demonstrated is in the story of Cain and Abel, the first sons of Adam and Eve. They both brought gift offerings to the Lord, but God was only pleased with Abel’s. Why you ask? Because Cain brought the gift out of complete obligation, while Abel, brought of the finest lambs of his flock; he brought out of faith and admiration for his King. So my question is this, do you worship out of obligation as Cain did? Or do you worship out of love and adoration as for the King?
“But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.” John 4:22-23
Did you hear that?? God is SEEKING people to worship him. He wants us to worship him. He even created us to worship him! What joy!!
Did you know that the highest form of praise and worship is obedience to Him and His Word? We must know God; and not be ignorant of Him. Worship is to glorify and exalt God—to show our loyalty and admiration to our Father. It involves our whole being:Our hearts—Our Minds—Our emotions—And even our will!
So will you join me today in admiration of the King of all Kings!