BT Daily: Worship

[Steve Myers] “Worship” – a critical
word that’s found throughout the Bible. And in the Old Testament, when you look up
this word for “worship”, you know what it literally means? It means to bow down.
To bow down. Now, we’re probably not surprised by that. But when you relate that to our perspective
in life, there is a difference between value and worship. There’s a difference between
those. In fact, maybe we could even put “value versus worship”. Things that we value, we
tend to raise up. And yet worship is involved with bowing down. And all too often what can
happen in our life is that things take over, and we value them, and they become important
to us and take our time, and distract us from what real worship is all about. There’s a psalm that deals with this, and
it’s in Psalm 29, and it just shows the significance of the difference between value
and worship. And in Psalm 29, right near the beginning in verse 2, it says this: “Give
unto the Lord the glory due His name; Worship the Lord in beauty and holiness” (Psalm
29:2). Now that’s that word that means to bow down and worship, it says, in beauty and
holiness. That’s not our beauty, not our holiness, but it is the One Who is holy. We
worship Him we bow down to Him. We value Him. And in fact, if there’s anything else that
gets in the way that we value more than God, we’d better watch out. There’s another passage that shows the importance
of this. It’s over in Nehemiah. And in Nehemiah we see the significance of this very thing.
In Nehemiah chapter 9 – there’s several sections here that deal with this whole concept.
Beginning in verse 5 it says, “Stand up and bless the Lord your God forever and ever.”
And then over in verse 6 it goes on, “You alone are the Lord.” And it says, “The
host of heaven worships You” (Nehemiah 9:5-6). So when it comes to all of God’s creation,
they worship Him. The angelic realm worships God. It shows the significance for us. So if we boiled our life down to what we valued
most overall, hopefully it would be God right there at the top. And we can follow the significance
of these passages and recognize we need to bow down before the awesomeness of our great
God. That’s BT Daily. We’ll see you next time.

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