Yes, Lord!

9 Jun

Then he said, “Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” Exodus 3:5

Most of the time when I think about worshiping God, I think of what I offer Him.  My heart attitude, my lifted hands, my service.  There are plenty of examples in the Bible about people offering God their worship.

Sometimes, though, God tells a worshiper what to do.

In the desert God commanded Moses to take off his sandals as he entered His presence.  This command is:

  • physically easy
  • filled with cultural symbolism

While God often gives His children difficult tasks in life, that usually isn’t the case when set aside time to corporately be in His presence worshiping Him.  Lifting hands, singing, kneeling, and declaring His Word are all physically easy.(1)  The point is to involve our entire being in worship – our posture, gestures, voices, minds.  The focus is on God, not heroics or tasks that could be distracting.  These actions reinforce what is going on in our hearts and minds, enabling us to be fully present and give God our complete attention.

Within easy directives, however, cultural meanings and practices sometimes lie.  This was the case with Moses’ sandals.  In the Middle East shoes are offensive.  Showing the bottom of your shoe to someone in that part of the world is an obscene gesture.  In Bible times shoes were also “signs of sensuousness, comfort, luxury and pleasure.”(2)

In asking Moses to take off His sandals, God was asking him to lay aside his comfort and pleasure (surely the desert sand was hot!) and to rid himself of his nasty footwear out of respect.  Moses obeyed– and God communed with him.

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Ready for Sunday

When I am leading corporate worship, I often hear God asking me to do something simple like raise my hands or bow before Him.  Sometimes I obey.  Other times I proceed in the direction I was already headed before I heard Him.  I wonder what I missed.

Tomorrow I will answer, “Yes, Lord!”

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1. I realize that some people who have a disability are not able to do some of the actions listed above, and that these actions are very difficult for some.  Most people, however, can do at least one.  For those who cannot do any, God knows their heart.  Their worship is no less precious to Him because of their limitations.  In fact, since there is greater sacrifice, their worship is sweeter.

2. Lorne Rozovsky

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One Response to “Yes, Lord!”

  1. cathyhowie July 1, 2012 at 7:39 pm #

    An email comment from a friend–
    “It is interesting you write about this. I have been mulling this over in my mind for a while now. God often calls me to do something like cover my head, take off my shoes, prostrate myself before Him in prayer and worship. Sometimes I have heard and heeded, other times, out of fear of what others might think (silly me) I have not. I yearn to hear and obey no matter what I am called to do. It brings me into closer communion with Him. It really is a personal thing isn’t it? I don’t know if He speaks to everyone this way.” –LD

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