Falling Down, Getting Up
Three completely unrelated people demonstrate to us the true value of worship. Now I am not referring exclusively to it’s more contemporary usage. What we generally call “worship” is comparable to fruit on a tree. The fruit is not the tree but rather it is an expression of the inner nature of the tree. I am speaking more to the Biblical understanding of worship as assigning worth. It can find expression in a variety of means but the bottom line is that the act of worship is rooted in a sense of value that I personally give (recognize) to Christ. That is the main reason it is so hard to get other people to “worship” Christ. Reluctance in worshipping Him, especially apathy and indifference, comes from the fact that we fail to give Him proper value. We fail to recognize His worth. Consider these 3 people for a moment and look at what moved them to worship.
1) The Demoniac. “Seeing Jesus, he cried out and fell before Him, and said in a loud voice, What business do we have with each other, Jesus, Son of the Most High God?” The Demoniac (i.e. the demons) worshipped because they recognized Christ’s deity. Remember the promise we are given in Philippians 2? The bowing of every knee and the confession of all tongues arise as recognition of His Lordship. Worship can find fulfillment in emotion but it finds it’s basis in recognition of His Lordship. Ultimately, I worship God because of who He is, not because of what He has done or how I “feel” about Him at the moment. He is God. And for that reason we should all fall before Him and confess Him as the Most High God.
2) Jairus. “…and he fell at Jesus feet, and began to implore Him to come to his house; for he had an only daughter, about twelve years old, and she was dying.” Jarius worshipped as an expression of his desperation and dependence. His daughter was dying. Jesus was His only hope. Jairus places Himself in the lowest possible position out of tremendous need. Let’s be honest….nothing will drive you to your knees like need. Desperation will either “bend” you or “break” you. And that is not a bad thing. It was Jairus’ desperation that drove Him to dependence. If he had held fast to his pride and independence, he would have finished the day at a funeral rather than a celebration. Are you faced with a desperate need today? Bend your heart. Bend your knees. Worship Him and watch as God brings life to what others are saying has died.
3) The woman with the issue of blood. “When the woman saw that she had not escaped notice, she came trembling and fell down before Him, and declared in the presence of all the people the reason why she had touched Him, and how she had been immediately healed.” The woman worshipped because she could no longer contain her gratitude. She had been healed…immediately of an affliction that had troubled her for over a decade. Her heart was filled with a gratitude that needed to be expressed. Jesus, recognizing that her greater need was wholeness, refuses to allow her to slip away with only a physical healing. He persists until she returns. A few minutes earlier a touch had brought her healing. Now His words bring her wholeness. And between the two? An act of worship…she falls before Him and confesses the greatness of God to all those around her. Worship can and will take you into a place of wholeness.
I don’t know about you. But as for me I think it’s time for a little worship. Time for me….
….to reaffirm His Lordship in my life.
….to remember His deity, that with one word He can set me free from every work of the enemy.
….to recognize that He is the only answer to my need.
….to realize that there is greater work that He wants to do in my life (I want wholeness, not just healing).
….to reestablish public praise. He has done great things for me. I need to tell everyone.
The common thread for these three very different people? They all fell down at the feet of Jesus. They all worshipped. They all got up with a life transformed. Worship took them from where they were to where they wanted to be…to the place where God wanted them to be. The bound was set free. The despairing found joy. And the broken discovered wholeness. What are you waiting for?