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The Posture of Worship (Part 2)

Apr 22, 2007

Passage: Romans 12:1

Preacher: Ken Puls

Series: Thoughts on Worship

Category: Sunday Evening

Keywords: worship, posture, bow, kneel, hands


Last time in our series on worship, we began a study on what the Bible says about posture in worship. We asked the question:

What about the body in worship?

Is worship in our day simply an issue of the heart—or—does Scripture have something to say concerning our outward expression and countenance?

We saw in our survey through the Bible that Scripture indeed has much to say about posture.

We looked at the two primary words in Scripture most often translated "worship" —shacah in the Old Testament and proskuneo in the New. The meaning of both words relates to posture and denotes bowing down or making yourself low.

We also discussed ten different postures found in Scripture in the context of worship: standing, sitting, being still, kneeling, bowing down, falling down on your face, lifting up your head, bowing down your head, lifting up your hands and clapping the hands.

There are many verses in the Bible that speak of posture in both the Old and New Testaments. We read over 60 together and there are still more.

So why is posture important? Why all the verses?

Why, in a day when we are called upon to worship God in Spirit and in truth, should we be concerned about our outward expressions of worship?

In our time together this evening I want to answer these questions.

We will first discuss the importance of posture and then conclude with a right perspective on posture.

Sermon Notes are available online and in PDF format for download.

Listen also to The Posture of Worship (Part 1)