Hezekiah Restores Temple Worship:
2 Chronicles 29:20-36
Now at the completion of the burnt offerings, the king and all who were present with him bowed down and worshipped. Moreover, King Hezekiah and the officials ordered the Levites to sing praises to the Lord with the words of David and Asaph the seer. So they sang praises with joy, and bowed down and worshipped. Now that you have consecrated yourselves to the Lord, come near and bring sacrifices and thank offerings to the house of the Lord. And the assembly brought sacrifice and thank offerings, and all those who were willing brought burnt offerings…. For the Levites were more conscientious to consecrate themselves than the priests.
When Hezekiah succeeded Ahaz as king, he did right in the sight of the Lord, and he brought about a restoration in Jerusalem. One of the first things he did was to restore worship to the lord. Now why is this so important?
Yet “Thou are holy, O thou who art enthroned upon the praises of Israel.”Psalms 22:3
Enthroned- To sit and remain sitting, to inhabit and to dwell.
God’s presence, dwells upon our praises! God comes in and remains seated in our midst because His children are worshipping Him. But what is worship? The very first commandment is “I am the Lord your God, Worship no god but me.” To worship is to give God the honour due to him. To be bowed down, is an act of humility and devotion to a person.
In this chapter, we see the people offer sacrifices to the Lord and after, they bowed down and worshipped. In other words, they humbled (self-abasement, submission to the divine) themselves out of reverence for His word and His presence. The people of Israel understood this, they lived it, they modeled it for us and it’s become our example to follow today. They knew how to repent and turn away from idols. They knew how to humble themselves and get the attention of God.
Now a day’s sadly enough, people have gotten away from paying respect to someone greater than themselves. There hearts are no longer being gripped with God’s truth, that they have no choice but to consecrate themselves and repent. If we could take the countless example in the scriptures, of how true worship is to be done, more people would walk in lowliness before their God.
Jesus says, that we are to worship God in Spirit and in Truth, for such worshippers he seeks (John 3). How did Jesus modeled it out for us? For starters, Jesus’s worship was real! It wasn’t just lip service. True worship is a genuine response to God which shows itself in a life lived to please him. Worship centers on God. Jesus was gentle and humble of heart. He took time everyday to wake up early and commune with God. He took a lowly place, so that His father would have all the glory. He didn’t do anything that was against His fathers word.
There is also another example we hear of in Revelations, where the living creatures and elders falling downs before God and worshipping him.
And whenever the living creature give glory, honor and thanks to the One seated on the throne who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before the One seated on the throne, and they worship Him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying:Revelations 4:9-10
It is said that what happens on the earth, is a reflection of what is going on in heaven. This is a perfect example of this. Heavenly beings worshipping God, by bowing down (submission, honor, respect, reverence,) and worshipping (based on our salvation, our hearts position towards God).
To wrap things up and put it into perspective, there is such a need for God’s holy redeemed people, to get back to the heart of true worship. We have gone away from authentic submission to God, to religious babel. God is calling his people out and awakening them to humble themselves to seek and obey Him.