It is interesting to note that there are very few major heroes in the Bible who have not been seen face down before God.
Moses and Aaron hit the dust!
Then Moses and Aaron came in from the presence of the assembly to the doorway of the tent of meeting and fell on their faces. Then the glory of the LORD appeared to them.
In a moment of sacrifice and worship everyone knees gave way.
Then fire came out from before the LORD and consumed the burnt offering and the portions of fat on the altar; and when all the people saw it, they shouted and fell on their faces.
When God’s glory showed up and showed off. He left none standing.
When all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, “The LORD, He is God; the LORD, He is God.
1 Kings 18:29
When Moses and Elijah made a reappearance on planet earth it underscored the reality of God’s glory, and (you guessed it) bodies hit the ground.
When the disciples heard this, they fell face down to the ground and were terrified.
In the human realm, being face-down is the ultimate act of vulnerability and danger.
When you are face-down, you cannot fight or even defend yourself. When you are face-down on the ground there is no escaping. But being face-down before God is quite another matter.
Being face down before God is the most secure place you’ll ever be. It’s impossible to trip or fall when you are face down before God.
Have you been face down before Him? In your worship have you learned the power of this posture. There are many new types of worship. We have achieved the heights of technology. I’ve been amazed by new songs and ways to communicate the Bible, but before there were electric guitars, before there were pipe organs and hand bells, there was a much more powerful type of worship that is as rare as it is radical.
In today’s worship, being face down is so rare that if someone actually went face-down on the floor they’d probably be accused of yoga or handed a saltine for low blood sugar. But we’d better start practicing it because we’ll be doing a lot of it through eternity.
In a culture that genuflects to every sports hero and TV reality star, we are a very hesitant to worship God in humility.
There are two impostors for genuine worship. They are dignity and hysteria. They are both stumbling blocks. We’re either too dignified to really worship or we are so emotionally driven that there is no substance. Truth is often thought about as intelligence. Intelligence that is puffed up becomes dignified. Emotions can produce hollow worship that is fueled by feelings. These polar opposites produce lifeless, mediocre, and purposeless worship focused more on tastes than transformation.
My prayer this week is this:
God, let us worship you with our minds, our passions, our bodies, and our voices. Teach us how to fall face down in worship before you. Help us not look to our right or our left. Remind us not to judge our worship leaders. We are expecting to see you do amazing things! Tear us apart with your love. Clear out lifeless, judgmental, impersonal, preoccupied thinking so that You will take your church by storm!
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This is beautiful insight on God’s heart pertaining to Worship.
Wow very awesome sir. So happy I came across this Blog. Let me introduce myself my name is Tyler sir. I love prayer and I love Seeing the results of prayer. My calling is to be a Leader and prayer warrior for the father we definitely need more of those. I see you are from baton rouge sir. I’m from Shreveport Louisiana actually. So you know how wicked this city is. Sir all I ask is that you would pray for me please. For when two gather together in harmony he is with us. I just ask for the Fathers Will to be done in my Marriage for protection as I drive and travel. Protection on my household and my daughter she is a newborn infant only 10 weeks old and some change. My beautiful and loving wife Brandy. That God may soften our hearts and minds and draw us closer to the Father. For I know this the more we draw to the Father the better the outcome everytime. To be filled and led by the Holy Spirit and for healing in all areas of our lives. Father forgive me of my sins and my debts as I forgive those who sinned against me and my debtors. Thank you Lord Jesus Christ I pray this all in The Lord Jesus Christ name Amen.
Thanks for this article, Matt!
Thanks so much, Shannon!
As far as i am concerned there are only two acceptable positions to take to worship the LORD. The first is to kneel down, kneeling is good. But the second is better and yes the second is to go face down on the floor. When i am worshipping thr LORD I kneel or lie face down on the ground, there are no other options that are acceptable. In Heaven we’re going to be kneeling or face down before him i am sure of that.
Sorry just seeing your comment. Amen to that comment:-)