Our Sunday Morning Message for November 20, 2022:
"Bow The Knee"
Text: Psalm 95
This message was our Thanksgiving service, and our thoughts were on praising our Savior for the many blessings He has given to us as His children, as well as our personal family, and also our church family.
In this text that we have chosen, David, the writer of this psalm, invites us to bow and kneel before our Lord. Why, you might ask? Well, he tells us in the following verse, "For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand." (v.7) In other words, David tells us we are a blessed people as God is our maker and our redeemer. Therefore, we should bestow honor and praise to the great God He is. He not only redeemed us from our sins, but He has poured His love and grace upon us on a daily basis. You may ask why would God do that? Well, David tells us, "we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of his hand." (v.7)
If you will notice the admonition of this Psalm, David gives us many ways we can honor and praise our God: (1.) we can come to him by singing praises about His holy name (v.1); (2.) we also can respond by making a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation (v.1); (3.) another way we can respond is by being thankful (v.2). Notice the last admonition, we can also honor our Lord by bowing down on our knees to worship Him.
In the Old Testament, bowing the knee was a common practice in showing honor to those in authority. We see this with Joseph in the book of Genesis when Pharaoh gave Him authority over all the land of Egypt in regard to the famine that was coming. We see all of Egypt crying out in praise to Joseph, "Bow the knee! Bow the knee!' as Pharaoh had Joseph parade in from of all the people riding in a chariot.
You and I may not be able physically to bow the knee before our Lord, but at least we should "Bow the Knee!" in our hearts toward the great God that we serve!
Pastor Michael R. Martin
The Good News for the Week:
"O come let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord
our maker." Psalm 95: 6
Rev. Michael R. Martin
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