“Awake, my soul! . . . I will awaken the dawn.” (Psalm 57:8)
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What do you love about God? What leaves you in silent, wonder-filled awe? What is it about God that stirs up gratitude joy, delight, and devotion in your soul?
As we grow closer in intimacy with God, the character of God absolutely compels us to respond. And that response? It’s worship.
In English, worship comes from Old English weorthscipe1—It simply means worth-ship. In this sense, worship is declaring God’s worth; it’s focusing on, delighting in, and living by the truly awe-some reality of who God is.
There are many biblical words that mean “worship;” one is is proskuneo which means to kiss toward, to bow down with forehead to the ground, to prostrate oneself, to give homage.2 It describes a physical act of profound reverence. The “kiss” isn’t a kiss of romance—it’s the “kiss” of face to floor, kneeling or laying flat in a posture of utter reverence.
Practicing the discipline of worship is a way we blink and rub the bleariness from our spiritual vision and, in sharp clarity, see the world as it really is. Rather than us at the center of the universe, we see that God is King of all. Rather than focusing on trifling matters, we’re re-oriented toward what is ultimately important.
Worship can take many forms as we express praise and gratitude to God for who he is through music, speaking, art, and more. But worship is also, more deeply, a soul-posture: a realization, deep within, that God is God! A falling to the ground before him. An inner focus on honoring God in utter humility and devotion. Is your soul in a posture of worship?
(copyright ©Kelli B. Trujillo 2013, used with permission of Wesleyan Publishing House)
* * * * * * *My heart, O God, is steadfast, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music. Awake, my soul! Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn. I will praise you, Lord, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples. For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth. (Psalm 57:7-11)
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