Deep down. What do you bow down to?
What is so deep down within your heart that you bow down to it, worshiping it?
Interesting. This bow down thing.
The first mention of the word worship is in Genesis when Abraham is obeying God’s command to sacrifice Isaac.
Abraham’s faith was so deep in the basement of his heart that he told the men with him to wait at the bottom of the hill and then said, “The boy and I will travel a little farther. We will worship there, and then we will come right back.” (Gen 22:5b NLT)
Faith in and reverence for God were so imbedded in Abraham’s heart that he was willing to take his only son’s life, knowing God would do something to correct his heartbreaking loss, even raise Isaac from the dead.
Now, that’s a deep down bow down!
So, do you think Abraham was in a rejoicing mood for bowing down to worship? No, I don’t think so. Not all worship is done from a joyful heart. However, it is done from a thankful and reverent heart, no matter what, just like Abraham.
The Hebrew word for worship used in Genesis 22:5 (above) is the first use of the word and means to depress or bow down as in homage to royalty or God, to prostrate oneself before God in worship or to bow down to false gods.
Actually, the first use of this word is used as bow down in Genesis 18:2 when Abraham bowed down before the three messengers who came to announce that Sarah would have a son.
Interesting. The same word is used in the second commandment, “You shall not make for yourself a carved image — any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God.” (Ex. 20:4-5a NKJV)
And every mention of the word worship in the New Testament (according to Strong’s Concordance) uses the same word: proskuneo, the Greek equivalent of the Hebrew word.
Our English word for worship comes from the Old English word worthship. To worship Almighty God is to bow down in reverence to Him because He is worthy, to acknowledge His divinity, to bow in humility and obedience, to bow to His will, His plan, and His purpose by relinquishing one’s own agenda, to bow in service to Him with one’s life, to honor Him as the One True God.
Matthew Henry said, “Those cannot worship God aright who do not worship Him alone.”
Jesus said to the enemy, “For it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, Him only you shall serve.’” (Matt. 4:10 NKJV)
What is deep down in those inner recesses of our heart’s basement? Those things that crawl into our heart, wooing our passion, our love, our attention? Is it self-interests, possessions, a busy schedule, a job, another person? What is it we bow down to that stops our bowing down to God?
Are faith and reverence at the core of our being, or are we bowing down to any false gods, any golden calves, we have fashioned for ourselves?
Jesus asks, “Do you love Me more than these others?” (John 21:15 TLB)
What is your heart’s deep down bow down?
Deep down bow down blessings to you…Lynn