by Jim Hughes
Ps. 95:6-7 Come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the LORD our maker, for he is our God. We are the people he watches over, the sheep under his care. Oh, that you would listen to his voice today!
When was the last time you bowed down or knelt before the Lord in worship? Bowing or kneeling before God is an act of respect. It is acknowledging that the Lord is God and worthy of our humility before Him. It is putting the Lord over us. It is submitting to His authority over us. I don’t see much of that going on in the church today. We approach God with enthusiastic worship. We play heavily on our emotions. We rarely come to Him in public with humble hearts. We may give lip service to Him as our God, but seldom do we act like He is. I still believe there is a place in worship for us, His children, to approach Him with the dignity and the honor He deserves. I still believe we need to be still before Him and know that He is God. I still believe we need to remember that it is He who watches over us and provides for our daily needs. I still believe we need to quiet ourselves before Him so that we can hear Him when he speaks.
The Lord is not done speaking to us today. He has much He wants us to hear and know. He is speaking through His Spirit and Word. The issue is, “Are we hearing what He is saying?” If we can gather for worship and leave the same as we came, have we heard from God? If the Spirit has not convicted us from the Word, have we heard Him speak? If we have no greater understanding of God and His ways, have we heard from Him?
If we are not hearing from God, what are we doing wrong? What do we need to change in the way we worship so that we can hear Him? Whether in public or private worship, the goal is to have fellowship with God and hear what He has to say to us. The key to any good communication is the ability to listen and understand what is being said.
May the Lord help us to quiet our hearts before Him so that we can hear what He has to say to us today.
About the Author:
Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.
C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.
I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.