O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker. – Psa. 95:6 KJV
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Today’s devotion is a continuation of the devotion titled “Just Praise Him”. In that devotion, the first five verses of Psalm 95 was used as the foundation scripture and it focused on the need to Praise God and why God is worthy of our praise. Today’s scripture is verse 6 of the same psalm which focuses on the need to worship God.
The psalmist in this scripture invites all to worship the Almighty God describing how he expects the worship to be carried out. He asks those who have come to worship Him to take either of two physical positions, which is bowing down or kneeling down, both of which he says are acts that are being done before our maker. To worship the Almighty God is to show respect or adoration for Him. Some may be quick to argue that worship is of the mind and that will be true, but a physical demonstration of your intention should not be anything difficult. Your act of worship is not for only you to know but will also help others to appreciate the Almighty God, unless you really have something to hide from people with regards to worshipping Him. Why hide to worship Him? Some may also argue that someone may display the physical act without having true and genuine intention to worship Him. This is also true except that, that will be an attempt to deceive the Almighty God, an act that will never be successful as every thought of a man’s heart is open before Him.
The psalmist implies clearly that your act of worship although spiritual will be incomplete if it is not complimented by your physical actions of either bowing or kneeling. Even the devil did not just want Christ to just agree to worship, as he demanded clearly for his physical act of bowing down, to demonstrate his worship of him – Matt. 4:9-11. It may not be possible due to health reasons or other reasons to take the physical actions of bowing or kneeling but there can be no separation of your physical disposition from your thoughts which at that moment is supposed to be focused on total respect and adoration for the Almighty God.
God should not just be worshipped like He is begging for it. He should be worshipped because He is deserving, 100%, to be worshipped. The psalmist says he deserves to be worshipped because
1. He is our God – Psa. 95:7a. The psalmist believes we need to worship God because we have accepted Him as the creator and ruler of our life. He is the source of all our moral authority and is our supreme being. There will always be someone or something that holds a divine position in the life of men. Human beings are wired to worship and so must always find something to worship. The problem with the idolatrous man is the constant shifting of that divinity from one god to the other based on needs at a material point in time or a complete shift of focus from the Almighty God to another object which may be physical or spiritual in nature. Whichever way, such a personality is expected to be revered and where the Almighty God is that personality, reverence for Him cannot be anything less. If indeed, the Almighty God is your god, then He surely deserves full and sincere worship from you.
2. We are the people of his pasture – Psa. 95:7b. Accepting that He is your God makes Him the God over your pasture. A pasture is not just a piece of land but a land covered in well tended grass or low plants suitable for grazing. The state of that pasture is the product of the handiwork of the gardener in charge of that land. The plants and grass have been carefully tendered to be right for the sheep to live on. The psalmist reveals that God needs to be worshipped because He it is that provides day-to-day meal for his children. Success and financial breakthroughs are products of His preparation for His people and this he does without His children noticing it. The Bible says, He it is that provides the ability to make wealth – Deut. 8:18. He it is that provides those beautiful tables before His children in the presence of enemies such that cups run over – Psa. 23:5. He is no doubt worthy of being worshipped.
3. The sheep of His hand – Psa. 95:7c. The psalmist expects the Christian to worship God because He is the good shepherd that watches over His sheep. Day and night, He it is that provides protection such that no evil comes to His children – Psa. 121:1-6. He remains the shepherd over His sheep ensuring that no danger comes to His own people – Psa. 23:1-6.
Waiting for more evidence before anyone sees the reason why the Almighty God should be worshipped is merely looking for an excuse not to worship Him. He created you without you requesting it, He provides food from the ground without your knowing how and grants you all that unsolicited protection from the enemy. He remains a very responsible father who takes His responsibility on His children seriously. A Christian will be nothing but an ingrate if all these acts of the Almighty cannot be appreciated with a simple request that He alone be worshipped. God demands exclusive worship of Him and will not settle for any sharing of that act of man with any other being, human or spiritual – Ex. 20:2-6. He considers the non-exclusive worship of Him as spiritual adultery and the worship of any other aside from Him as idolatry. Both acts are obnoxious to Him and He will not tolerate it. With all that He is doing for you, known and unknown, He deserves your total Worship of Him. Resolve to do that today so that you will receive the promise similar to what those who worshipped got from Him. May God grant us all the spirit to worship him exclusively that we might be rewarded accordingly in Jesus name. Amen.