March 2019

Psalms 95: 6-7 (NKJV) 
'Oh 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'

We begin the season of Lent this month.  Lent is a time for increased reflection on the sacrificial death of Jesus.  It's a time of discipline in prayer and giving thanks.  The psalmists calls us to worship and bow down, to kneel before the Lord our Maker.  

My first experience with kneeling came when my brother and I were placed for adoption with a family in SW Roanoke.  Our first Sunday with that family, we were taken to church where, as everyone entered the sanctuary - they knelt down.  I asked why we had to.  The answer was because it showed reverence and humility towards God.    

It seemed paradoxical to me - you see, I had been taught God accepts me as I am so why should I have to kneel before Him I wondered?  Let's try to answer that question as we enter the season of Lent.  

The word kneel in verse 6 comes from a Hebrew word which means, 'to bless, kneel'.  So, there is a connection to being blessed and our kneeling before God.  Kneeling before God invokes His blessings which His greatest blessing is salvation through His Son Jesus Christ.  During Lent and Easter, we remember how Jesus lowered Himself in the form of man to submit Himself to the Cross for our sins.  You might say, Jesus kneeled for us both in His birth and in His death on the Cross.

In that light, we should kneel before Him in prayer, in thanksgiving and submit our lives to Jesus Christ who gave Himself for us. I've discovered God loves us just the way we are - but too much to leave us that way. This month, thank God for the gifts of Jesus and salvation to which we kneel before Him. 

Pastor Paul