How can we worship God?

When we truly want to follow His guidance, we learn better ways of praying and living.

The Bible places great emphasis on the importance of worshiping God. But for a long time this idea seemed foreign to me. I felt I could respect God and obey Him, but the concept of worship was confusing. The devout consecration that I knew must be involved brought to mind images of people kneeling in prayer for hours. I felt I wasn't cut out for that.

However, as I began to think more seriously about this, a new dimension to worshiping God became apparent. I realized that the best way I could honor God was to understand more fully the true nature of man as His spiritual creation and to live each day more fully cognizant of my unbroken unity with Him. I saw that God's guidance would be obvious to me to the degree that I listened to Him, realizing that man reflects God.

With this spiritual orientation I soon discovered I was able to know and obey God, and Biblical references to the word worship held much greater meaning. For example, when the Psalmist says, "O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker," Ps. 95:6 . I saw that the kneeling he speaks of is more than physically getting down on the ground to pray. It's a humbling of thought and a willingness to set aside merely human views or ambitions in order to see what God is and what this truth would lead us to do with our daily life. We can take part in this kind of worship daily, even continuously, and we don't have to kneel physically or be in a special location to do it.

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February 5, 1990

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