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August 1, 2022


The God Who Kneels

“Come, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, who stand by night in the house of the Lord!” (Psalm 134:1)

The word that is used for “bless” in the above verse is the word that is usually used to refer to what God does for us. The psalmist calls us to return what God already has done for us. But, why? Why should we bless the Lord? Isn’t it his job to bless us?

Eugene Peterson writes in his book A Long Obedience in the Same Direction, “God gets down on his knees among us, gets on our level and shares himself with us. He does not reside afar off and send us diplomatic messages; he kneels among us. That posture is characteristic of God. The discovery and realization of this is what defines what we know of God as good news-God shares himself generously and graciously.”

Eugene Peterson wrote that it is characteristic of God to get down on his knees to share himself with us. That’s why we should bless the Lord! Think about how special you felt as a kid when an adult got down to your level to talk with you. Whoever that was probably made you feel like you were the only one that mattered. God did the same for us when he sent Jesus.

Maybe you are going through a time in your life or have been through one when you thought, “Nobody understands what I’m going through.” Maybe no one in your life does understand, but God does. He understands because he is not some distant God who keeps us at arm’s length. He is the God who came near to us and continues to do so.

God is the God who kneels down to us and we are blessed because of that. May we return that blessing by praising Him always!

Question: Have you ever thought about how God comes near us?

Challenge: Read and meditate on Psalm 134.

Prayer: Thank you Lord for kneeling down to us so that we could be near you.

Ryan Reveley, League Coordinator -- Appalachian League



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