"With My Body, I Thee Worship"
These words are taken from an Old English wedding ceremony. Can you even imagine words like that finding their way into a modern ceremony? After all, ours is the generation of the pre-nuptial contract. Ours is the generation that advertises wedding ring rentals.
In recent weeks we have been talking about what it means to worship the Lord on HIS terms. I take that to mean that there is a way to approach Him and there must be ways that are not acceptable. Is there such a thing as a posture of worship? What might it look like?
If we just go by tradition, it would depend on what tradition. In some circles, kneeling is the preferred posture. In others, worship is a responsorial reading regime. For modern contemporary worshipers, the ambiance is "laid back," whatever you prefer . . . stand, sit, dance, lay on the floor, whatever.
I'd offer to you that the physicality of worship is something that we have either codified or ignored. Both extremes are wrong. The Bible infers that worship was according to the directions of King David of Israel. Read the Psalms and you come across such things as:
Let's do something smart. Let's get into the Word and see what the Lord has said on the subject. I don't think we can go too wrong if we will humbly approach the Lord. Perhaps we can say with understanding, with my body I will learn to worship.
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