Worship with a Kiss

Intimacy.

The word alone expresses relationship, unity, familiarity, and closeness. As Christians and lovers of God, we are to worship Him in spirit and in truth. In Greek, worship means “proskyneo,” which translates “to turn and kiss” or “to kiss the hand to one in reverence.”

Worship is an intimate expression to the Father. It is also an intimate exchange as He receives our worship. Our Father, Bridegroom and Helper longs to be in unity and betrothal with you. He wants you to turn to and kiss—or worship—Him.

I love this. It is a beautiful picture to think that the God of the universe wants such an intimate relationship with us. It is even more beautiful to engage in that intimate relationship and become one with Him. However, take note that “to turn and kiss” Him is something we give Him and offer to Him. It is for Him…not us.

I recently read in Josh Hunt’s book Disciple-Making Teachers (one of the 23 wonderful books I’ve read since enrolling in Western Seminary last fall) that anything less than extreme, intense, passionate worship to God is simply  a disgrace to Him. He is the Transcendent One; The King of all kings ever lived; The God of Glory.

In his book, Hunt writes “Worship is, by definition, for God and not for us. Ironically, however, we often talk about whether or not we got something out of worship. That is beside the point. The whole point is worshipping God, not coming to a show where we can be entertained. Instead of asking ourselves, ‘Were we entertained?’ we should ask ‘Did God feel worshipped?’”[1]

Hunt is clearly talking about corporate worship such as song, but it is applicable to all forms of worship. We go to serve and want to be entertained. We get together and pray and hope we get something out of it. Not that we shouldn’t, because again, when this spiritual “kiss” happens, God in His infinite grace chooses to bless us. However, to worship as though we should get something in return is like turning our cheek to God for Him to kiss us rather than turning to and kissing Him during worship. It is completely backwards. Worship is for God and not for us.

Yet we can worship things other than God. We “turn to” and give of our affection to worldly attractions. Let’s turn back to God and worship Him—because of Him, for Him, to Him. It is all about Him.

“Give unto the LORD the glory due to His name; Worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.” Ps. 29:2

“But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.” John 4:23


[1] Hunt, Josh. Disciple-Making Teachers, 1998, pg. 27

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One response to “Worship with a Kiss

  1. This is sooo true! I love the fact that even if I don’t “feel something special” or love the music, it doesn’t matter because the point is if I was giving my attention and worship to God! I pray that all of us will discover this truth.

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