In part 1, I said that The posture of worship refers to the approach, behavior, words, frame of mind, and attitude of worship. It also refers to the position or pose which a worshipper must take in the presence of His majesty. I will now go ahead and enunciate more postures of worship.
- Kneeling down: Kneeling down is another posture that expresses true worship to God. It is different from bowing the knees. Bowing the knee is simply squatting or bending the knees, while in kneeling down, the knees touch the ground in worship to the Lord.
O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.
Throughout scriptures we never see a place where anyone sat during worship. Standing is therefore a very important posture of worship.
God is not a man; he is our maker and we need to kneel down and worship Him.
- Lifting up of the hands: we can also express or declare worship by the lifting up of the hands. This also is a declaration of surrender to the Lord.
And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God. And all the people answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands: and they bowed their heads, and worshipped the LORD with their faces to the ground.
Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.
Psalm 63:4 8.
- Bowing down: Bowing down is also very important in worship. We see severally in scriptures that when the people worshiped, they bowed their heads.
And the man bowed down his head, and worshipped the LORD.
4. Falling to the ground: This posture of worship is very significant. In Matthew chapter 4 when Satan tempted Jesus, I want you to see his words;
Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
Did you see that? Falling to the ground is one of the highest postures of worship because this posture surrenders everything. Your head is down, your feet is down, your hands are down, all in surrender. This is why Satan wanted it so badly. He told Jesus to fall down and worship because he knows that falling to the ground is a sign of total submission and surrender.
In fact, falling down is the posture of death and there is no posture of surrender greater than death. So when we fall down and worship God, we are declaring our submission and total surrender to Him.
And he said, Nay; but as captain of the And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant?
- Silence: Silence is one of the most powerful postures of worship. In the worship of silence, though we are not speaking, our hearts are fixed in worship and adoration of Him.
But the LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him. Habakkuk 2:20
Sometimes in the presence of His holiness words are not sufficient. At such a time, when God comes, you receive Him in silence. In silence, we have heart-to-heart communications. Just like Bluetooth and infra-red, these are more advanced communication means other than communications via cables.
And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.
Falling to the ground is one of the highest postures of worship because this posture surrenders everything.
This is significant because your silence is a declaration that only Him deserves to be seen, heard, revered, and magnified. It is also a submission for moderation. When I am silent, I let the moderator determine when speaking should resume. Therefore, by itself, silence is an act of submission and sacrifice. These postures of worship I have highlighted are necessary for true worship. When we all come together to worship, everyone should assume or take a posture of worship. One lifting up hands, others bowing down, many more falling to their faces and some others kneeling down. This is the way a church can experience the presence of God in the beauty of His holiness in corporate worship.
We have thus concluded that to partake of God’s holiness we have to worship, combining the heart of worship together with the posture of worship in order to host and sustain God’s presence. This is how you access God’s power.