|Nativity Alphabet by Krista Hamrick|
Worship (proskuneō from pros = before + kuneo = kiss or adore) means to prostrate oneself in homage before another in the full sense of worship, not mere reverence or courtesy. When Jesus Christ was born into this world, He was attended and worshipped by angels. (Luke 2:13).
Proskuneō represents the most common Near Eastern act of adoration and reverence and also carries the idea of profound awe and respect. The word proskuneō literally means to kiss toward someone, to throw a kiss in token of respect or homage, to prostrate oneself in homage, to do reverence to, to adore and so to worship and show respect. Notice that proskuneō is a command (aorist imperative) meaning to carry this out effectively and fully. The angels are to do this now!
Greek scholar Kenneth S. Wuest writes: “Proskuneō means "to prostrate one’s self, to kiss the hand to (towards) one in token of reverence, to fall upon the knees and touch the ground with the forehead as an expression of profound reverence, by kneeling or prostration to do homage to one or make obeisance, either in order to express respect or make supplication.” It is used of homage shown to men of superior rank, or of homage shown to God.”
Lord Jesus, just like the Magi who bowed down in worship at Your birth, I am thankful that I can worship You right where I am. I will enter Your courts with thanksgiving. I will kneel at Your mercy seat and find forgiveness. I will call out Your name in praise. Lord, I pray for those who do not yet have this intimate relationship with You—the One True Living God. Open their eyes to see that they can find You and worship You right here, right now. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.
Look In—as you meditate on Psalm 84:1-2 … pray to see how you might apply it to your life. Be propelled to ask galvanizing questions about your discoveries: "Because God is_________, I will_____________."
Look Out—as you meditate on Psalm 84:1-2 …pray to see how you might apply it to your relationships with others. Let the nature of God impact on every relationship, for your good, and for His glory.
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