posture

This is something I’ve been meditating on: what does it mean to be postured before Him?

If we truly believe that His Word tells us what to do, and how and when to walk in His ways, we have to obey EVERYTHING He says, and not only the parts we like or agree with, or the parts we feel like doing.
Walking in a relationship with Him requires radical obedience.
I’m constantly challenged to pursue that more — to not have delayed obedience in my walk with Him.

One of the Hebrew words for “to WORSHIP” is SHACHAH. It literally (physically) means “to bow down before” and comprises three Hebrew letters: SHIN (a picture of a tooth), CHET (picture of a wall or barrier), and HEH (picture of a man pointing something out).

So, put together, the letters spell out something like “to cut off the barrier of seeing”.

In other words, according to the Hebraic understanding of SHACHAH, the action of bowing down (a physical and spiritual posture) is integral to understanding and perceiving the other person correctly.

Posturing ourselves before God as an act of worship allows us to see Him as He truly is

“I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God— this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

— Romans 12: 1&2

Therefore, posturing ourselves before God as an act of worship allows us to see Him as He truly is by correcting our perspective, focussing our attention, and renewal of our mind (spirit and soul/heart).

Seeing Him as He truly is, allows us to walk in reverent fear of His holiness, keeping His commandments (and commands — because this includes the New Testament and not only Exodus), and keeping Him as the focus and object of our worship, and our obedience.

“All has been heard; the end of the matter is: Fear God [revere and worship Him, knowing that He is] and keep His commandments, for this is the whole of man [the full, original purpose of his creation, the object of god’s providence, the root of character, the foundation of all happiness, the adjustment to all inharmonious circumstances and conditions under the sun] and the whole [duty] for every man.”

— ‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭12:13‬ ‭AMPC

4 thoughts on “posture

  1. Thanks, Cornelia. That’s very inspiring and great food for thought. It is often in times of worship that we feel God more closely and hear Him speak to us/encourage/reassure us, etc.

    On Tue, 03 Aug 2021, 15:18 cornelia in the nations, wrote:

    > cornelia grace posted: ” This is something I’ve been meditating on: what > does it mean to be postured before Him? If we truly believe that His Word > tells us what to do, and how and when to walk in His ways, we have to obey > EVERYTHING He says, and not only the parts we like or ” >

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    1. Thank you for your feedback, Annie! You are a great friend and a true blessing to my life! May you meet Him in your day-to-day, as that is the overflow of Worship.

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  2. Great post. Have a wonderful day posturing yourself in front of the Creator!! Praying!

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