The Psalmist wrote: “Oh come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. For he is our God…” (Psalm 95:6-7). David is known as the author of most of the Psalms and in them expressing worship to God and how the Lord should be approached. Each of the Psalms demonstrates the highness and holiness of God and the frailty of humanity and how dependent we are upon our Maker. Since worship to God is a key theme throughout many of the Psalms, what are some of the teachings and implications found in this text?
First, the Psalm teaches that God is worthy of worship. In this passage God is worthy of our worship because he is the Lord, our Maker, and God. He is worthy of our worship because he is the Lord, the One who is in control of all. The word translated Lord, usually with all capital letters in most versions of the Bible, is transliterated as “Jehovah” in the American Standard Version. The passage in the ASV is: “Let us kneel before Jehovah…” When God was speaking to Moses he said, “I am the Lord (Jehovah)” (Exodus 6:3). He is also worthy of our worship because he is our Maker (Genesis 1:26-27). David saw in the neighboring nations and cultures, and even at times among the Israelites, that they were worshiping the creation rather than the Creator. Paul observed the same problem in the first century and wrote about the people of that era: “Professing to be wise they became fools…and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator…” (Romans 1:22,25). The Lord is worthy of our worship because he is our Creator. David concludes the thought by writing “for he is our God”. There was and is only one God as Paul expressed to the brethren in Ephesus (Ephesians 4:6). Let us worship God because he is the Lord, our Maker and the one and only true God.
Second, the Psalm teaches that God is worthy of worship in a specific manner. David wrote, “and bow down, let us kneel”. At times David literally and physically bowed down to and kneeled before the Lord when he worshiped God. He would have been expressing an attitude in his heart toward God that the Lord was to be honored and revered. There were times when David worshiped God and although he did not literally bow down to God, he certainly reverenced God in his heart and by how he worshiped. The same principle is found in the New Testament regarding how we as Christians should worship God. Jesus said, “But the hour is coming and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is spirit and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:23-24). The worship in Samaria and among the Jews had degraded into something that was neither in spirit nor truth, and so Jesus was teaching that as the church that he was going to establish (Matthew 16:18) would worship God in a manner much different than the degraded worship of the Jews and Samaritans. The church would and must worship God in a specific manner just as David had worshiped. The Lord’s church should sing, pray, partake of the Lord’s supper, give, and study God’s Word with total honor and reverence for God.
Third, the Psalm teaches that God is worthy of worship in a specific manner and that one must choose to worship God. It is one thing to acknowledge that God exists and believe in God, but it is another thing to decide to worship God in the specific manner as He desires. “Oh come, let us worship…” (Psalm 95:6). Each person had to decide during the days of David if they were going to worship God as he desired, or not. The principle is the still the same in the New Testament.
Worship just does not happen by accident, and so each person must decide if they are going to worship God. Christians must decide if they are going assemble with their brethren to pray, sing, partake of the Lord’s supper, give as they have prospered. What have you decided?