Come, let us worship and bow down,
Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. (Psalm 95:6)
This week, while I was doing my Scripture writing, this verse stuck out in my mind.
Upon first reading, I didn’t think a lot about it. This is a short verse and seems very straight forward. It doesn’t seem like there is much to really dig into about this verse. Nothing stands out as being especially impressive or monumental. Worship the Lord, honor Him, and He is our Creator. Lots of other verses say pretty much the same thing. Nothing really extraordinary here to see. Get along with your day and just remember the instruction and truth this verse states. Right?
However, the process I use for studying a passage asks you to go a little deeper than just a first read through a passage. I decided to take a look in an interlinear to see if there is a little more to the original languages that I might not have caught at first. What I found really made this verse come to life for me.
A Triplet of Humility
Three different Hebrew words are used in this verse for bowing down in reverence, worship, and honor to one who is superior or to the master.
worship = sachah = to bow down, prostrate oneself before a superior in homage or before God in worship
bow down = kara’ = to bow down, as in reverence to a king
kneel = barak = to kneel
This is an example of a triplet in Scripture. Throughout the Bible, you will find triplets. These are instances where something is repeated or occurs three times. This is often done to strengthen a point.
Today we use exclamation points, all caps, or bold to bring attention to or intensify the message we are trying to make. However, they did not have these tools when the Bible was being written so to reinforce a point the author is trying to make, they would repeat.
In Psalm 95:6, we see David magnifying the importance of coming before the Lord in humility. Three times He instructs us to bow down before the Lord. We are to humble ourselves before our God. We must understand the lowness of our own position and how high and mighty He is.
The second part of the verse instructs us how to have this proper understanding of who we are compared to God. The psalmist reveals that God is the Lord and Maker.
The Existing God
The word translated in most Bibles here as Lord is the Hebrew word Yĕhovah. This is the proper name of God. It literally means the existing God.
Our God is different from all other gods in the fact that He actually exists. All other gods do not exist. They are the idea of man. They are created out of wood, stone, plastic, cloth, etc. They sit where they are planted and do not move unless someone moves them. They are impotent. They do not exist.
Our God, however, does exist. Not only does he exist in the now but he has always existed and will forever exist. He not only exists but He is eternal. No other being can make that claim.
Yĕhovah also means self-existing one. This means no one created God. He has no beginning. He is not a created being. He just is. This is a difficult concept for us to fully grasp but it is an attribute that reveals that God stand alone. He is unlike any other.
Our God has no creator, no one and nothing dictates to Him where He can and cannot go, and He is omnipotent (all-powerful).
David also refers to God as “our Maker.” He made us. He took time to craft us.
He not only created us but He made us “in His image” (Genesis 1:26). This doesn’t mean we look like God. God the Father is spirit (John 4:24) so He does not have a corporal body. When the Bible says that we are made in the image of God it means that we are set apart from the rest of creation. In creating us in His image, He made it so we are able to communicate with Him. In doing so, He also equipped us with the ability to rule and have dominion of the earth, as well (Genesis 1:28).
God is the Creator of all we know and see. It is difficult for our human minds to comprehend this fully. One of the most mind-blowing concepts is the knowledge that God exists outside of time. He created time. The fact that God has sovereign control over even time reveals a small glimpse of His unimaginable power.
This powerful, omnipotent Being chose to not only create us but desires to commune with us. Not only that but when we rebelled against Him, hated Him, and had no desire for Him, He chose to send His Son to die for our sins. Then He chose to give us a new heart, new desires, and a new life in Him.
“We are to worship in such style that the bowing down shall indicate that we count ourselves to be as nothing in the presence of the all glorious Lord. Let us kneel before the Lord our maker. As suppliants must we come; joyful, but not presumptuous; familiar as children before a father, yet reverential as creatures before their maker.” ~ Charles Spurgeon1
As David said, “Come, let us worship and bow down, Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.” (Psalm 95:6)
Below is a Christian band called Half a Mile performing Sons of Korah’s version of Psalm 95. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
- “Treasury Of David Psalm 95”. 2017. Spurgeon.Org. Accessed June 7. http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps095.php.