Praise. dictionary.com defines praise as the offering of grateful homage in words or song, as an act of worship: a hymn of praise to God.
We sing praise songs and hymns to God in church. We listen to praise music in our cars. We offer God words of thanks in our prayers. Praise is an important part of our relationship with God.
In Psalm 95 we learn two postures of praise.
1) Praise requires we lookup.
"Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of His great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing." Isaiah 40:26
We cannot rightly praise God if we do not allow Him rightful place in our lives. God is supreme over all creation. He desires to be first in our lives. Jesus tells us:
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment." Matthew 22:37-38
2) Praise requires we bow low.
"Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker." Psalm 95:6
Bowing before God in worship places our hearts in submission to Him. God is the only one worthy of our worship and praise. He has dominion over all powers in heaven and on earth.
"All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations will bow down before Him, for dominion belongs to the Lord and He rules over the nations." Psalm 22:27-28
"And God placed all things under His feet and appointed Him to be head over everything for the church." Ephesians 1:22
"So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority." Colossians 2:10
"It is written, 'As surely as I live,' says the Lord, 'every knee will bow before Me; and every tongue acknowledge God.'" Romans 14:11
God is King of kings and Lord of lords. He is the only one deserving of our praise.
Gathered manna for Psalm 95 is:
Looking up and bowing low are the postures of praise our holy God deserves.
How can you look up in praise of God? When will you bow low in worship? Why is it important we do both?
Praying we all posture ourselves rightly before our God as we praise Him.
Until next time keep gathering manna, growing deeper, and gaining intimacy!
May God bless and keep you,