Worship thy Lord thy God alone
Matthew 4:10 - Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
What does worshiping means?
In simple English it can be translated as - giving reverence.
Respecting man also means giving man reverence, but that does not mean we can worship Him. Even Jesus as man, who was so perfect did not find Himself worthy of worship. It is only God who is worthy of worship. Jesus now is Spirit and is God - The Son therefore we worship Him.
The TVM of the verb worship specified here is: Second Aorist, Active & Imperative.
'The "second aorist" tense is identical in meaning and translation to the normal or "first" aorist tense. The only difference is in the form of spelling the words in Greek, and there is no effect upon English translation. The aorist tense is characterized by its emphasis on punctiliar action; that is, the concept of the verb is considered without regard for past, present, or future time.'
When Voice is Active, it means it has to be done in physical. That would be equivalent to bowing down, or raising your hands, joining hands, or kneeling, or lying on the floor with face down etc... Worshiping as instructed here is not silently in the heart.
'The imperative mood corresponds to the English imperative, and expresses a command to the hearer to perform a certain action by the order and authority of the one commanding.'
Therefore worshiping is a command given to us, which we have to do it with actions / emotions and is to be done irrespective of our past, present or future. It is more than respecting, it means surrendering one's self emotionally, physically and eternally, and this is done only to the Lord.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Father God, we worship You. God, only You alone are worthy of worship for You are Holy. Holy are You Lord God of all creation and worthy of all praise and worship. Help me to surrender myself so that I may worship You well and forgive me for the times I have without understanding worshiped anyone or anything else. I ask this in Jesus' Name, Amen.
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