1 Peter 5:6 “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time.”
In my most recent blog we discussed the element of reverence in worship. Reverence is closely tied to another element that must be present for true worship to occur: humility.
Humility may be the most important element for any worshiper to possess. James 4:6 tells us “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” How can a worshiper exercise true worship if God is opposed to his or her efforts?
If we truly see God for who He is – perfect beyond our understanding, loving beyond our ability to love, powerful beyond our capacity to even comprehend power, our humility should quickly follow. His image causes us to see ourselves for who we really are. When we do, we will also see our need to repent. This is the critical moment. Will we believe God and repent or will we grab hold of our pride and assert our right of free will?
James 4:10 goes on to encourage us to, “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up.” This verse contains both a directive and a promise. If you choose to humble yourself and do the thing that God is asking you to do, He will lift you up. He will teach you. You will grow. As you grow, the other elements of worship – joy, reverence, gratitude, obedience – will materialize within your life.