The Blessings of Worship
by Dr. Chris Lewis
“God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them” -Genesis 1:27, 28
The Hebrew word used here for blessed means “to kneel.” God put Man and Woman in a kneeling posture; a posture of Worship. It was while they were in a posture of Worship that God prospered them with children and sole control “rule” over the earth. Of course, we bible readers know they didn’t stay in the posture of Worship. They got out of the worshipping God posture and into the worshipping-their-own-desires posture.
Basically there are five promises suggested in the word bless: to benefit, to make whole, to prosper, to make healthy, and to make wealthy. Listen, God has promised to bless us. Not only with eternal life in the new heavens and new earth, but also in the here and now. When you live in a posture of worship, you are reminding God of His promises. You’re saying, “father, I remind You of Your promises to Your covenant children: to benefit us, to make us whole, to bless my family, bless my coming and going, to prosper us, and to make us healthy, wealthy, and wise.
The example of Moses shows it is a good thing to remind God of His promises. In Numbers 14:11ff, because Israel refused to trust and rely on God to enter Canaan, God was angered by their rejection, and was about to strike the Israelites with pestilence and disinherit them. But Moses, in a posture of worship and intercession reminded God of His promises. He prayed to God to pardon the people. Because Moses has a posture of Worship, God forgave the people. Moses was so blessed by God that he was able to change God’s mind.
In 2 Kings 20ff, The Lord said to King Hezekiah, “Set your house in order, for you shall die, and not live.” Verse 2 says, he turned his face toward the wall, and prayed to the Lord, saying, “Remember now, O Lord, I pray, how I have walked before you in truth and with a loyal heart, and have done what was good in Your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.” Notice what happened; Hezekiah changed God’s mind and the Lord added 15 years to his life (v.6). Don’t overlook how Hezekiah’s cry of a life filled with the posture of worship that led God to change His mind and blessed him.
What is the condition of your Worship? Is it a Moses or King Hezekiah kind of worship that can move God enough to change His mind? God wants to bless you, prosper you, and give you long life on earth, and eternity with our Lord. He created you in order to bless you!! Let us live out God’s original intent for us. Let us kneel before Him in Worship. That’s the reason He created us!!
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