Prepare to Listen. Before reading, be still then pray: Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. (Psalm 51:7)
Prayerfully Read Psalm 95:1-7
O come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! 2Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! 3For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods. 4In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also. 5The sea is his, for he made it, and the dry land, which his hands have formed. 6O come, let us worship and bow down, us kneel before the LORD, our Maker! 7For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. O that today you would listen to his voice!
For many of us, the words in this psalm are familiar. We sing, pray them in private and public; we often return to them when in need of comfort or encouragement. Perhaps our familiarity with this pslam blunts its edge for us and we overlook or ignore its concluding challenge. The psalmist reminds us that the LORD our God “is a great God and a great King above all gods,” a truth that’s easy for us to forget. We wander after other ‘gods’ (anything that gets our allegiance and devotion—sport, movie star, hobby, politician, evangelist). Idol worship is tempting and prevalent, witness the adulation fans give political, sports or movie favorites. Hence, the psalmist urges God’s people to worship and bow down, kneel before the Lord, our Maker. Physically bowing and kneeling helps us “bend the knee of my heart,” as King Manasseh (The Prayer of Manasseh v11; Deuterocanonical Books) prayed, and thus fully grasp that the LORD is our God, not those things that demand and too often get our allegiance and worship today. We belong to this Great God. Today, listen to his voice!
Physically bow down, or kneel before God, as you are able, and let it ‘bend the knee of your heart.’ Know you belong to the Lord who is above all kings and gods and humbly listen for his voice.
Respond to Jesus
I bend the knee of my heart before you alone, Lord God. I submit to your Sovereign rule over all of life, including my own. I praise you for your greatness and seek your grace to worship you and you alone and so fulfill my vocation as one created in your image. I bend my knee in prayer for our world today in crisis from the coronavirus. Lord, in your mercy, come to our aid. In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.
Go live obediently in the world and kneel before your Maker.
Because I believe that Scripture is food for our soul (our entire being) I seek to read it and encourage others to read it in ways that nourish and transform our beings. I invite you to read the Bible with me during Lent and into Easter. I am a Bible teacher, spiritual companion and retreat director. I know the Bile and how to read it for spiritual formation.