Thursday, January 9, 2014

(40 Days of Focus) Day FIVE: "About Honor"

Read: "Come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the LORD our maker" (Psalm 95:6, NLT).
Think About It: As a former soldier in the United States Army, I became very intimately connected with the importance and value of submission, honor, and respect of authority.  If there was an officer that crossed my path, I had come to know that my only and immediate response was to come to the position of attention and to snap a crisp salute, rendering that officer with respect.  It wasn’t about how I thought of them, or how much respect I felt they deserved, or even whether or not I believed that they should be an officer.  They were.  They held a position that was superior to mine, and I was to submit.  THIS is the same attitude that we are called to live out with God through worship: to cultivate an attitude in the lives of those seeking something more than the emptiness of self-fulfillment, that bows down in surrender, respect, and submission to the One who loves them and holds them in the palm of His hand.  He is greater than anything else in this life, and is worthy of that response.  True worship, beyond the lyrical attraction of the latest creation that tops the Praise & Worship charts, true worship is living out the attributes of Who God is.
Going Deeper: To "worship," in this usage of the Hebrew word, is to submit, to show honor, and to render respect to one who is in higher rank, position, and authority. An essential element in worshiping God is to recognize that He is God. There is no one like Him. There is no one greater than He. He created all of the wonders of creation. He so loved each of us that Jesus came, lived among us, died for us, and has made a way for each of us to know God.  He deserves our worship.  We must understand, however, that worship is never about the worshipper.  It cannot ever be. It is about you and recognizing that God is supreme. We are His creation, and the greatest place that we will ever find peace and fulfillment is kneeling at His feet, honoring Him and worshiping Him with all that we are. Kneeling and bowing is a symbolic demonstration of honor and communicates one's need for the other. So it is with us and Jesus. We needed what only He could give. And He gave. 
Next Steps: Resist the temptation to live life as your own center of gravity. When the world revolves around you, it is a quick orbit, and anything that goes to fast and furious is bound to crash and burn. Take a pause and consider who you are, how prone you might be to fear, insecurity, pride, or any number of distractions that take your eyes off Jesus and repositions them to focus on yourself. Ask God to forgive You for the times that You have lived even a moment as the center of your own world, a world that He, in fact, created. Pray and recommit yourself to maintaining a clear focus with Him as your maker, your God, the One who loves you the most, and who has uncompromisingly incredible plan and purpose with your name written all over it.

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