Sharing Our Faith Together

On Our Knees

by Chris Lane 13 January 2022
First published 19/1/2021. We continue to post new thoughts but hope you find encouragement and blessing in revisiting some we have previously published.

In an earlier ‘Sharing our Faith’ Greg challenged us to honour God in this new year. There are many ways to honour God and one is through worship. 

Revelations 4:9-11
The four living creatures sing songs of glory and honour and thanks to the one who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever. When they do so, the twenty-four elders fall down before the one who sits on the throne, and worship him who lives forever and ever. They throw their crowns down in front of the throne and say,

 “Our Lord and God! You are worthy
    to receive glory, honour, and power.
For you created all things,
    and by your will they were given existence and life.”

Recently I have been looking at a book that talks about the different meanings of praise that we find in God’s word.

‘Barak’ to kneel, to praise, to salute, to thank. This appears 289 times in the Psalms.  

Psalm 72;11
All kings will bow down before him;
all nations will serve him.

‘Barak’ embodies the notion of kneeling before God, blessing Him, adoring Him, recognising our position in relation to Him.

Psalm 100 :4
Enter the Temple gates with thanksgiving;
go into its courts with praise.
Give thanks to him and praise him.

When we honour God, we are demonstrating the high regard we have for Him. We are reflecting His glory back as we praise and worship.

We often discuss ‘How was the service today?’
Is that the right question?
Should the question be ‘How was my worship today?
How did I approach my time with God?
Did I come to worship with reverence?
Did I come with a heart full of gratitude? 
Was my sole focus on the King?

When we have seen how God works in our lives, how can we not fall to our knees in thanksgiving and worship Him?

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Philippians 2: 9-11
For this reason God raised him to the highest place above and gave him the name that is greater than any other name.
And so, in honour of the name of Jesus all beings in heaven, on earth, and in the world below will fall on their knees, and all will openly proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.