Body language-need I say more! Scrunched up face, crossed arms, bobbing head, mocking mouth, rolling eyes—total disrespect. Oh, don’t let me forget outward actions like slamming a door. Yep, that will cause any father to take the door right off the hinges. You understand if there are or if there had once been teenagers in your household. Maybe, you’ve had the privilege to be an educator, childcare worker, coach, youth pastor… Yet, who am I kidding? I was a teenager once and still this youthful posture will arise its ugly head.
As we dive into Holy Week, let us ever be mindful of not only our body language but also the stance of our heart, mind, and soul. Praise is an expression of something relished and adored. When you possess love for someone or something, it is evident in your posture. You radiate with admiration and you can’t hold back your feelings. You want the world to celebrate with you because of the emotion it generates.
So why is our outburst of discontent sometimes easier to display than our compassion for God? (Ouch! That hurts even more when I see it displayed in words.) It is a question we must visit when we exam how we praise the Father. The position of our entire being bears the demonstration of worship on many levels. Posture exposes and presents the owned passion for God. Although we all retain a level of public display, God recognizes a heart for Him. He is never fooled.
Luke 19 describes the Monday of Holy Week as a day when Jesus discovers a stance of disrespect and unbelief in the Temple. His intense desire to purify His children is clearly seen by His intolerance for disgrace and lack of honor. He found their demonstration far from exalting God. It looked more like a proudful strut flaunting selfish desires and parading their gods in the presence of God.
What is your posture of PRAISE? How do you show reverence inwardly and outwardly? Does the world know who you love above all else? Where can you improve upon your praise stance? In what posture do you want Jesus to find you on any given day?
May God’s word encourage you as you examine your entire praise pose:
Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. Psalm 95:6
After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. Rev. 7:9
Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the LORD. Psalm 134:2
When Abraham’s servant heard what they said, he bowed down to the ground before the LORD. Genesis 24:52
I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2
It came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. Exodus 17:11
May we be found leaping for joy, bowing down in worship, standing in honor, lifting our hands in reverence as we gaze upon His glory.
Share your position knowledge and experience of praise with someone today. I can’t think of a better stance on Monday of Holy Week.