Take A Bow!

Bowing…when do we do it?

Usually, when we’re being applauded for a job well done.

Maybe at the end of a play or performance of some kind…an awards dinner, perhaps.

Most of us don’t get to ‘Take A Bow’ very often in life…at least, not in that sense.

However, ALL of us ‘bow’ every day. 

We bow in the sense that we give honor, allegiance, obedience and worship to…something! 

What that ‘thing’ is makes a difference–a serious, profound, and ETERNAL one!

If the ‘thing’ that we bow to is anything other than the Lord, our God, we are guilty of an old-fashioned Bible word: Idolatry. 

“Idolatry”: (Dictionary.com)

“an image or other material object representing a deity to which religious worship is addressed.”
  1. an image of a deity other than God.
  2. the deity itself.
  3. any person or thing regarded with blind admiration, adoration, or devotion

Think of the things we may ‘bow’ to, other than God: Materialism, Appetites of the flesh, the Opinions of others, the almighty dollar…there are no shortage of things!

However, the Lord is the only One who rightfully deserves this. HE is the one that we should be ‘bowing’ to daily, in Worship, Obedience, Love, Honor…


I think it’s long past time for the Church–those of us who claim to love and worship Jesus Christ–to admit, identify, and throw away our idols, then repent and turn to the Lord! After all, as the Psalmist writes,

Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord?
    Who may stand in his holy place?
The one who has clean hands and a pure heart,
    who does not trust in an idol
    or swear by a false god.” (Psalm 24:3-4)


We don’t want to ‘bow’ in the wrong way to the wrong thing.

We want to worship Him, and to seek Him, more and more each day. 

The Psalmist continues…

“They will receive blessing from the Lord
    and vindication from God their Savior.
Such is the generation of those who seek him,
    who seek your face, God of Jacob.” (Psalm 24:5-6)


May WE be a generation which ‘Seeks His Face’ and worships HIM, above all!

Published by Pastor Dave Johnson

Follower of Jesus, Husband to Lori, Proud Father to 6 great kids, Co-Pastor of Kalamazoo Community Church. Long-suffering Detroit Lions fan.

2 thoughts on “Take A Bow!

  1. I always thought of a idol as being a statue, animal, etc. After reading a post from Colleen Cummins and reading your article, I’m reminded again there are other idols out there. You and Colleen mentioned a few; such as Materialism, Appetites of the flesh, the Opinions of others, the almighty dollar…there are no shortage of things! Unfortunately this is true, and that’s why we need to keep our hearts, mind, body and soul on Jesus. We need to ask the Holy Spirit to grab our hand at the beginning of the day and ask for His guidance to keep on the path our Father has set for us.

  2. Yes, Gayle! In fact, since most of us today would not ‘bow’ to a statue, the ‘other kind’ of idol is much more insidious. Fortunately, the Holy Spirit will guide us…but we have to humble ourselves, listen, and follow His lead!

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