Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe. - Hebrews 12:28 NIV
Kiss the son. - Psalm 2:12a NIV
One of the original words for worship comes from two words that mean “to kiss” and “towards.” The idea is that of a King’s subject coming close to him to give him a kiss on the cheek out of respect and reverence and love.
We are to draw near to God with an attitude of reverence. As we draw near to the Lord we do so in a spirit of awe and wonder. For He is holy. We are to draw near to God with an attitude of respect or submission. He is sovereign. He is Lord. Our worship needs to express a wholehearted estimation that He alone is worthy.
We are also to draw near to God with an attitude of love. To kiss the Lord. This implies the expression of our affection for Him. We are to worship Him, not only with our intellect, but with our emotions—holy emotions. The Scripture teaches us to shout for joy and be glad, to tremble before His Word, to praise, to dance before Him, and also to be silent. People who are moved by God emotionally are aware of the presence of God and their utter need for Him.
I have found that when I am focused on loving my wife and drawing near to kiss her, I am not able nor am I tempted to kiss anyone else. In the same way, when we truly worship the Lord we will not be tempted to draw near to the world and kiss the things of this world.
May our kisses be only for Him.
Lee’s Summit Community Church
Lee’s Summit, Missouri
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