Psalm 95:6: “Oh come, let us worship and bow down; / Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.”

October 6th, 2017 by Pastor Ed in devotional

David’s psalm challenges us to surrender ourselves to God through worship. It is there, as we open our hearts and minds to His spiritual surgery, that He convicts us of the changes He desires to bring about in us. True, surrendered worship of the Creator (“kneel before the LORD”) does not end when church does. Many have noted that the greatest acts of worship take place after we leave and act on the things we have heard and learned while kneeling at His feet.

Søren Kierkegaard wrote a parable about a community of ducks waddling off to duck church one Sunday to hear their duck pastor. The duck pastor spoke eloquently of how God had given all the ducks wings to fly with. He pounded the pulpit with his beak and said, “With these wings, there is nowhere we ducks cannot go! There is no God-given task we ducks cannot accomplish! We can soar high in the sky!” Amens were quacked throughout the congregation. The duck pastor shouted over and over again, “With our wings we can fly through life! WE . . . CAN . . . FLY!” Again the congregation quacked, “AMEN!” Every duck loved the service. In fact, all the ducks present, commented on what a wonderfully convicting message they had heard from their duck pastor. “Yes, we can fly,” they said. And then, leaving the church, they waddled all the way home. Many of us fail to act on what we have heard from the Lord during worship. True worship does not stop when the worship stops; it must lead to changed hearts and fresh service to God.

“LORD, as we worship, we want to both hear from You and then apply to our lives the things You teach us. Help us to put Your truth into operation in our walk this day.”