Issue #665 ~ May 24, 2021

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Let Us Bow Down in Worship
"The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land."
Psalm 95:5
"Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker;"
Psalm 95:6
Verse 5: "The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land."

"The sea is his" and the reason is "he made it."
"His hands formed the dry land."

There are 4 things we observe here in these verses about creation: (1) "[In] his hands" are "the depths of the earth"; (2) "the mountain peaks belong to him"; (3) "The sea is his"; and (4) "the dry land."

This verse reminds me of 1 Corinthians 6:19-20: "Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body" (NASB).

Verse 6: "Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker;"

We have been contemplating the fact He is the God of creation. He is the God of the: "depths of the earth," "the mountain peaks," "the sea," and "the dry land."

I find myself wanting to stop and sing that wonderful hymn "How Great Thou Art!": "O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder Consider all the worlds Thy hands have made, I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder, Thy pow'r thru-out the universe displayed! When thru the woods and forest glades I wander And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees, When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur And hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze, Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee;...How great Thou art!"

Now we are challenged in verse 6 to do things: (1) "let us bow down in worship" and (2) "let us kneel before the Lord our Maker." We are challenged to "bow down" and "kneel." These are positions of submission and surrender to the Sovereign God.

Let's put these 5 statements together and understand what the Psalmist is telling us to do as acts of worship in this Psalm: (1) "let us sing for joy to the Lord"; (2) "let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation"; (3) "Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song"; (4) "let us bow down in worship"; and (5) "let us kneel before the Lord our maker."

Warren Wiersbe says: "The greatness of God is the answer to the smallness of man. When you see great sin and great disappointment or when you have a great burden to carry, remember that you are worshiping a great God. As you kneel before Him, He becomes even greater."

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Praises & Prayer Requests

1.  Pray: You shall fear only the Lord your God; and you shall worship Him, and swear by His name. Deuteronomy 6:13 (NASB)
2.  Praise: Praise our God, O peoples, let the sound of his praise be heard; he has preserved our lives and kept our feet from slipping. Psalm 66:8, 9 (NIV)
3.  Pray: But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. John 4:23 (NASB)
4.  Pray: And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2 (NASB)

5.  Pray: Request from prison inmates continue to grow for Bibles and related study material. If God directs you, please give to purchase Bibles and send to prison inmates.
I think it appropriate we sing a hymn of worship, praise and adoration. I have chosen to sing verses 1 and 4 of "He Is So Precious to Me":
So precious is Jesus, my Saviour, my King,
His Praise all the day long with rapture I sing;
To Him in my weakness for strength I can cling,
For He is so precious to me.

I praise Him because He appointed a place Where,
some day, thro' faith in His wonderful grace,
I know I shall see Him, shall look on His face,
For He is so precious to me.
For He is so precious to me,
For He is so precious to me;
'Tis Heaven below My Redeemer to know,
For He is so precious to me.
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) 

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