1 Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. 2 Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. 3 For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods. 4 In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. 5 The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land. 6 Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker; 7 for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care. Today, if you hear his voice, 8 do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah, as you did that day at Massah in the desert,
"There are different ways to worship God; but only one God to worship." - 'Our Daily Bread.'
Verses 1-5 speak about one kind of worship. Praise, thanksgiving, joy.
Singing to God. Expressing to Him our love, joy, thanksgiving.
Singing about God. Expressing to others His greatness and glory.
Verse 6 speaks of a very different kind of worship.
6 Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker;
The word 'worship' is the Hebrew word 'shachah' (shaw-khaw), which means to prostrate one's self. In the Old Testament, it is translated bow down, crouch, fall down, humbly beseech, and where the context makes it obvious, it is translated 'worship.'
Verse 6 then speaks of falling prostrate, bowing down, and kneeling. Very different worship from verses 1-5. "O Come, let us prostrate ourselves, let us bow down, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker." (literal translation)
The idea in verse 6 is of pure worship of an infinite, and almighty God by a humble and lowly person. It is worship that sees God clearly and the person clearly, and knows the infinite difference between the two.
'Out of my smallness, I cry to You, O Lord'
'Out of my sinfulness I cry to Your perfect holiness.'
'Out of my very limited understanding I cry to Your Infinite Wisdom.'
'Out of my weakness I cry to Your unlimited power.'
'Out of the deep I call to You, the Almighty, the All-wise, the All-good, Lord.'
The psalmist is talking about not only physical prostration and submission, but more importantly spiritual prostration and submission. It is possible to fully bow the heart without bowing the body. But I have found that bowing the body can help bow the heart. This kind of worship recognizes fully how perfect God is, and how imperfect we are. It puts us in our rightful place. It is appropriate in good times and bad times.
26 Then the man bowed down and worshiped the LORD, 27 saying, "Praise be to the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who has not abandoned his kindness and faithfulness to my master. As for me, the LORD has led me on the journey to the house of my master's relatives." 28 The girl ran and told her mother's household about these things.
Abraham's servant seeking a wife for Isaac bows and he worships when God leads him on a long journey to just the right house and to Rebeccah.
13 One day when Job's sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine at the oldest brother's house, 14 a messenger came to Job and said, "The oxen were plowing and the donkeys were grazing nearby, 15 and the Sabeans attacked and carried them off. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!" 16 While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, "The fire of God fell from the sky and burned up the sheep and the servants, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!" 17 While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, "The Chaldeans formed three raiding parties and swept down on your camels and carried them off. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!" 18 While he was still speaking, yet another messenger came and said, "Your sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine at the oldest brother's house, 19 when suddenly a mighty wind swept in from the desert and struck the four corners of the house. It collapsed on them and they are dead, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!" 20 At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship 21 and said: "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised." 22 In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.
Job had just received crushing news from every side, yet he still fell to the ground and worshipped God.
This is not prayer, or merely praise. It is worship of God for who He is. How mighty, and loving, and compassionate, and wise, and merciful, and faithful He is.
It is the worship of Heaven.
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