Thursday, December 21, 2017

The 360 Degree Surrender and Worship

UV 2863/10000 The 360 Degree Surrender and Worship
Then brought he me the way of the north gate before the house: and I looked, and, behold, the glory of the LORD filled the house of the LORD: and I fell upon my face
Ezekiel 44 v 4
The gate or door by which the Lord enters His temple, our lives is always the front door. He never enters through a back door. We need to open the front door or gate of our lives voluntarily. He never gate crashes into our lives. This is the reason people are saved individual by individual. Once He enters our lives, He fills us with awe at His greatness, His goodness, His grace, His presence. We cannot exclude Him from some parts of our lives. His glory fills our entire lives.
Every morning at the end of an hour and a half of prayer and meditation on the Word of the Lord, I am filled with a sense of His glory and then, I prostrate face down on the floor before Him. This is said to be the highest or best expression of worship, of complet surrender to the presence of the Lord. We are humbling ourselves before Him and He will lift us up in the matters we brought to Him in supplication or intercession in due time. We are acknowledging that all of ourselves belongs to Him. Abraham, Moses, Joshua Isaiah, the prophet, worshipped the Lord by spread-eagling themselves before the Lord in this gesture of acknowledging His sovereignty, His reign over their lives. Lying face down before the Lord is divinely appreciated body language. But it goes beyond our bodies- it is a reverential surrender of our bodies, our minds, our emotions, our wills, our imagination, our plans, our work, our food intake, our health, our past, present and future, our families and children. It is the obeisance that precedes an attitude of obedience. It is a sign of desperation or acknowledgement of our total inability and failure as well as an affirmation of complete faith in the Lord.
Surrender to the Lord precedes victory in this world. When our eyes are shut as we lie face down, it symbolically means we have taken our focus off all the things of this world and our entire focus is on the locus of our lives- the Lord. As we lie inert in His presence, the anointing of His might, His greatness, His awesome power falls upon every dimension of our lives. In the course of our days, the surpassing glory of the Lord will be manifest in oe way or another.
Prateep V Philip

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