Monday, November 19, 2012

"Come, let us bow down in worship"

Scott Smith is the pastor of the Middle Island Seventh Day Baptist Church in West Virginia. His blog is called Faith Grip and it is consistently interesting. Today he describes "The Essential Ingredient of Worship" and, as far as I am concerned, he puts the emphasis right where it belongs:
.... The dictionary says that worship is “a reverent honor and homage paid to God or a sacred personage or object regarded as sacred.” Reverent honor and homage. Our English word “worship” comes from an older form, “worthship.” The one who is given homage must be worthy of receiving the honor! ....

There is distinct difference between praise and worship. They are both important but they are subtly different. The picture of praise is one of you standing before God, head up and hands raised with the overwhelming sense exaltation. The picture of worship, however, is on your knees, face down with an overwhelming sense of awe.

For you and me, worship does not require a certain style, a particular type of music or a specific setting. Worship is an expression of our attitude. “Let us come before him with thanksgiving… let us kneel before the LORD our Maker…” We come to church to share in fellowship and to enjoy friends and family. But our primary purpose here must always be to offer a humble gift to the God who created us. We come to offer ourselves to him. .... [more]
Related: Encountering the Living God

The Essential Ingredient of Worship « Faith Grip
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