Exalt ye the LORD our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy. Psalm 99:5 KJV

“Exalt ye the LORD our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy.” Psalm 99:5 KJV

In times of distress and heartache sometimes the only thing to do is to place ourselves in humble submission before our great God.

When doubt floods into our minds, there is a comfort to be found as we look away from our situation to the vastness and holiness of our Lord.

But what do the words mean, here, “to worship at his footstool?”  When we look into the Barnes Notes on the Bible commentary, we see that “the reference here is to the footstool on which the feet of a king rested when he sat on his throne or chair of state.”  Even as those kings of old would make decisions for justice from their thrones, we can trust that our High King is making decisions for holiness and justice from His own throne. When we bow our hearts before Him, we recognize His king-ship over our lives.

But there is one more action that this verse speaks of, and that is not to just bow, but to also worship there.

Many servants bowed before those kings of old, but not many humbled themselves to worship that king. We have been given the privilege to come into the courts of our most High King, because of the way that His son, Jesus, opened for us.  Will we bow and worship before the holiness and might of our Lord? Can we pause today and bring our praise before our Holiest of Holies?

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PRAYER PROMPT GUIDE

Sometimes we all need a little encouragement and a boost in our prayer lives. While talking with God should be easy, a guide can be a helpful resource to lean into, spurring us on to deeper, more intimate conversations with Him.

Helpful Tips

  • Set aside a special time and place to meet with God. For each one of us this may look different. Some might find that being outside draws them closer to God. Others might release their thoughts and prayers best when moving, like when taking a walk or on an elliptical. For others, a special chair or room might open their hears to connect with God. No matter where you meet Him, it’s important to designate a time to sit at the feet of Jesus. It may be a specific time or something more general, like in the morning, but making that time a priority will bless your entire day.
  • Quiet your heart and mind. Breathe deeply. Life may move at a hectic pace or we may have trouble letting go of anxiety or our “to-do” list, but for most of us, it can be challenging to slow down and quiet our minds. Breathing deeply is a great cue for our bodies to release tension and relax.
  • Slowly read the Scripture and the prompt, perhaps several times. Reading slowly and deliberately is another way to reinforce the solace we seek. Reading the Scripture several times then “preaching” those words to ourselves helps us to really “hear” God speaking to us. Scripture transforms us from the inside out.
  • Write the verse in your journal, noting any words that catch your attention. Writing in a journal is another way to slow down and it creates a memory of the time we spend in prayer. Scripture on the page – underlined, highlighted, or circled – invites curiosity about what God may want to talk with us about.
  • Talk with God, taking time to listen, then journal your thoughts. The previous steps begin to soften us, preparing us for a two-way conversation with our loving Father, who wants to hear what’s on our hearts and minds. Scripture guides us to a path where the Good Shepherd is waiting to lead us, to remind us of His deep love for us, and to draw us to Himself. While we may not realize that transformation is in process, journaling helps us to see, over time, where we are being lead to love, serve, and care for those in our sphere of influence.

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