I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word. Psalm 138:2
This morning, I ponder if this is even possible in our context. Let’s parse out the words in this passage and see if it is.
First, we need a direction to bow in. We have no physical temples, but we know that “42” is always present. We must find a comfortable location to routinely prostrate (humble) ourselves for such a prayer. Maybe it is in the quietness of your living room, or maybe upon a hillside. It doesn’t matter where, as long as you align your heart toward the Triune God of Grace.
Second, we need to prepare our hearts to express thankfulness. Reflect on what the LORD has been, is, and will be in your life. Ponder God’s steadfast love (also known as loving-kindness) and his faithfulness (aka firmness and truth).
Third, honestly ask yourself what you focus most of your attention on instead of God. If it is your family, recognize that the LORD gave these precious gifts to you. If it is your job, make sure you understand that this is your vocation and is not to be worshiped above him but seen as a provision he has provided for you to take care of your family, neighbors, and yourself. If it is material things, ask yourself how you use this material wealth and assets to glorify God.
Finally, ask yourself if the LORD is the center of your life and if your actions align with his commandment (covenant) to love him with your complete self and to love others as much as you love yourself.
Once you have done these things, schedule time every day to bow down and give thanks to the Author of LIFE, the UNIVERSE, and EVERYTHING.