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When the words shachah appears in the Hebrew text, or proskuneo in the Greek text, they usually refer to the action of bowing down, and we can translate them that way into English, as the following examples show.
Genesis Then Abraham rose and bowed down [ shachah ] before the people of the land, the Hittites. Genesis He himself [Jacob] went on ahead and bowed down [ shachah ] to the ground seven times as he approached his brother [Esau].
Genesis Now Joseph was the governor of the land, the one who sold grain to all its people. A study of the Greek and Hebrew words and how they are translated shows something else—something that has misled many Christians. You are to worship [ shachah ] at a distance,. Exodus NASB When all the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance of the tent, all the people would arise and worship [ shachah ], each at the entrance of his tent.
John God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship [ proskuneo ] in spirit and in truth. He cannot. As Bible students, we must get the facts straight. It can be toward anyone the person wants to honor, even, as we saw earlier in the case of Lot, a total stranger.
The Greek and Hebrew need to be translated consistently. In practical application, superiors, kings, God, and Jesus get most of the honor or worship. God says that it is wrong to bow down before shachah ; worship other gods Exod. That makes perfect sense. How could a person with any sincerity honor both God and demons? A different case involved Peter, who recognized that it was not appropriate for Cornelius to bow down to proskuneo ; worship him, even though Cornelius respected Peter.
Peter felt he was not superior to Cornelius, and accepting the worship would have sent the wrong message to Cornelius, so he stopped him Acts and It is perfectly appropriate to bow down to worship a king. True worship comes from the heart. That is why Mordecai would not bow down before Haman, because Haman was an enemy of the Jews Esther ; The act of placing oneself facedown at the feet of the king showed respect and honor.
Skip to main content There's a problem loading this menu right now. Artist Overview Albums Digital Music. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. So heavy as my heart and hands were that day, I raised them up to God and sang along with the crowd.
Before I speak of the epiphany that came moments later, I feel compelled to explain just how uniquely qualified I was to receive it. First, my depression. One effect of the illness was that it had long cleaved a separation between Everyone Else and myself. This was mostly terrible and painful, but at the same time it allowed me to look at people around me as others, the way a traveler might look at the natives in a foreign country.
How come they all know the language of happiness and I don't? Such a feeling of separation, which morphs into opposition when it's at its worst, was necessary for the type of epiphany I was about to experience. Secondly, I had been a songwriter for seven years. In my early teens, songwriting was the way I coped with my depression; it was the only way I knew to keep in touch with the self if there is one that lay beneath the sadness.
My dependence on songwriting only grew greater as years passed and I signed a staff songwriting deal with one of the biggest publishing companies on Music Row. On the day of the worship service, songwriting was my sole coping mechanism, my sole source of income, and perhaps my sole source of confidence. Depression had clouded most of my identity, but I was still a songwriter, goddamnit! And seeing as how songwriting had seen me through some tough years, I figured I must not be all that bad of one either.
Or at the very least, I was equipped to recognize a bad song when I heard one. A few songs into the service, the singer stopped and told the gathering that the band had written a new song out on the road. He said they felt the song was pretty special, anointed even! He said they'd like to play it for us, and he went into the chord progression. It seemed like a typical worship song to me, and after multiple repetitions of the chorus, everyone was back to the routine of singing along with hands raised and eyes closed, as if they'd been taught the song at birth.
For a chorus or two, so was I. I was hanging in there, trying to worship my Creator as best I could, sad creation as I was. I sang to get closer and I sang for some relief and I sang to praise. But then I stopped. I had to stop. There was something about the lyric that bugged me. I opened my eyes. This seemed an awful lyric.Essential Worship exists to help make your worship team's life easier by providing free transposable chord and number charts, lyrics, themes, acoustic videos, and a one-click add to Planning Center for new and favorite worship songs.