Kathy is a friend and mentor of mine, and has been for years. She always has just the right words to say and encouragement just when I, or others, need it most. She did Mr. Yell’s and my premarital counseling this past year and was our college minister for several years. I am so excited to have her on the blog this week!
Worship- verb, proskuneo – pros=”towards” and kuneo=”to kiss”.
I will never forget learning this meaning years ago. A room full of college students were at my house for discipleship and we began talking about what “worship” actually means and what God desires of us in our worship of Him. We looked it up in our Vines Expository Dictionary and found this definition. “To lean towards, as if to kiss”. I was overtaken with the visual of that intimate act and could hardly speak for a moment. Worship in my personal, private time was not a new concept, but that intimate act used to define it made it become a sharp and clear picture. It made me understand why personal, private worship of the Lord Jesus Christ was crucial in feeling the power of the Holy Spirit when the whole church worships together.
Scripture teaches us the power of God’s people gathering in authentic worship together in 1st Corinthians 14:24-25. The word of God was being taught and they were praising God together in such a way that listeners who did not know God came to understand how much they needed him and fell down on their knees and worshipped God, declaring that God really was there among them!
Only God is worthy of being worshipped this way. In Matthew 4:10 Jesus rebukes Satan and tells him that we should “worship the Lord our God, and him only should we serve.” The priority of faithfulness in worship is clear. He wants all of our worship.
Truly, my sweetest experiences in worship have been when I am alone at home or riding in my car. Songs with strong biblically sound lyrics have made me want to stand up right there in my car and worship Jesus – which may be tricky since I am the one driving. Reading God’s word and coming to a new understanding of God’s character or a new principle to apply to my life has often brought me to my knees in worship or caused me to weep at His overwhelming acts of grace and kindness toward me.
My encouragement to you is that you find a place where you can spend time “leaning in to God, as if to kiss Him”. Even if you are one who doesn’t really know God or much about Him, seek Him – lean into Him and He will show you who He is.
Imagine what our weekly worship gatherings with others would be like if we all came to the room having already spent private time in worship of our Savior. Let’s pray together that each of us who claim to follow Christ will be faithful to worship Him and only Him. He is so worthy of our worship and praise. After all, the bible teaches us that if we don’t, the ROCKS will cry out in worship. And like the song says – “ain’t no rock gonna cry out in MY place!”
May your worship this week bring you a new understanding of how rich and fulfilling private worship can be. For me, it changed my day, renewed my spirit and transformed my life.
Kathy is founder of “Speak It Ministries” and author of “5 Things” – a book about how a man should love a woman by looking at the life of Boaz. She loves to share God’s word with anyone who will listen. You can find out more about her ministry, as well as buy her book, at her website www.speakitministries.com or follow her on Twitter: @cckathy and on Instagram: kathybnelson