By Lillian Sparks
Today's Scripture: Psalm 99:5
Central Thought: To experience the glory of God, we must first learn to worship at His feet.
Have you ever desired to have a face-to-face encounter with the living God? Do you struggle to find a more intimate relationship with the Almighty? You are not alone in your holy pursuit. Moses, Isaiah, Job, and even the apostle Paul experienced a life-changing encounter with the Lord God. Moses pleaded, 'Please show me your glory” (Exodus 33:18). While God told Moses that no person could see His face and live, He did promise to show Moses His goodness (Exodus 33:19-20). The King-Priest sits upon His heavenly throne, and all the peoples of the world will come and bow down to worship Him at His feet.
Mary of Bethany seemed to understand what it meant to worship at Jesus' feet. Throughout the Gospels we see her in this intimate place. We meet her in life's most tranquil hour in Luke 10. The Lord had stopped at His favorite hideaway retreat in Bethany. Martha was in the kitchen; Mary was at Jesus' feet. We meet her in life's most tragic hour in John 11:32. Lazarus was dead, and grief had overwhelmed that home. Jesus had arrived, but He had come too late, despite the urgent message sent when Lazarus was so sick. Mary threw herself, not into Jesus' arms (culturally a woman would never do this), but at His feet. We meet her in life's most triumphant hour in John 12:3. Lazarus was resurrected, and Mary brought her flask of fragrant oil, most costly, and knelt at Jesus' feet, pouring it all out in spontaneous worship. The ointment became the symbol of the fragrance of a loving heart, poured out without considering the cost. This is true worship.
This reminds me of a story I read about a small five-year-old boy who was hopelessly lost. When the police found Carlos, they asked him, 'Where do you live?” The youngster replied, 'I live near the big church downtown…the one with a cross on the top! Officer, just take me back to the cross…I can find my way home from there.”
How can we apply this lesson to our lives? We must remember that we will never be able to experience His glory until we kneel at His feet. We will never know Him until we worship Him! Kneeling is a sign of surrender. Surrender your own desires and ambitions by kneeling at His feet in worship. One day He will return to earth, and the whole world will understand and bow in surrender at His feet. Worship belongs to Him.
Devotional Prayer: Lord, I desire to have an intimate, life-changing encounter with You. Help me to surrender my own desires and truly worship at Your feet.
Today's Bible Reading: Judges 8:18-9:21; Luke 23:44-24:12; Psalm 99:1-9; Proverbs 14:9-10