Worship as Bounden Duty

We often talk about praise as a free act of worship, from the heart. This should be, of course, as the Holy Spirit works salvation in us, pronouncing forgiveness for the sins we commit daily, even the ones we don’t know of ourselves. Indeed, Christ calls us his friends who follow him. Nevertheless, the Lord’s adoration and service is also simply right and fitting (HT: Xander Knecht):

And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith. And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you. But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat? And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink? Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not. So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.

Therefore, ‘It is very meet, right, and our bounden duty, that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto thee, O Lord, Holy Father, Almighty, Everlasting God.’ For even the greatness of God, high above our position and power and authority, from whom we know all that’s good, does itself demand that we prostrate our bodies and our hearts in worship. The sea is his, and he made it; and his hands prepared the dry land. O come, let us worship, and fall down, and kneel before YHWH our Maker.

For he is the Lord our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. Reason all the more to bow down before his holy presence: that he’s chosen us in love to be his people forever. Let us do proskynesis to the great King, for we truly owe God everything, even our repentance. Do I feel like it? Does it matter whether I feel like it? There’s greater truth than my feelings: that God in his mercy has loved us, even when we were his enemies. God’s love, the gift of the Christ broken and poured out and resurrected, is our bond.

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  1. Pingback: Duty and Desire « Cogito, Credo, Petam

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