Blowing Kisses To God

This is a post I’ve been meaning to write for some time. I had intended for this to be my first blog post, but didn’t like the way it was coming together. Now, after hearing a seminar title “Wasted Worship” this weekend, I think I’m finally ready to write it and I think it will be at least two articles.

It all started, as so many of my Bible studies do, with looking in to the words for worship. The Greek word most often translated “worship” in the New Testament is proskuneō  (G4352 προσκυνέω). Its most basic meaning is to adore, show respect, bow down, or prostrate oneself. My favorite Greek dictionary says it literally means, “to kiss toward someone, to throw a kiss in token of respect or homage.” It is connected with an ancient oriental greeting. When one party was “much inferior, he fell upon his knees and touched his forehead to the ground or prostrated himself, throwing kisses at the same time toward the superior.”

I love this mental image. Worship involves us bowing down and blowing kisses toward God. I think of small children who loves their parents so much that they blow kisses to them at every opportunity. We should be so in love with God, so much in awe of Him, that we want to spend time every day seeking to “worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him” (John 4:23).

There is no room for pride in this definition of worship. It is the kind of worship that happens before God’s throne, which we are given a glimpse of in Revelation:

And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to Him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, the four and twenty elders fall down before Him that sat on the throne, and worship Him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. (Rev. 4:9-11)

And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshiped God, saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen. (Rev. 7:11-12)

And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshiped God, saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned. (Rev. 11:16-17)

What should blowing kisses to God look like for us? Assuming that worship is more than falling to your knees and literally blowing kisses sky-ward (though I’m certainly not excluding that), what do you think worship should be like?

I have some thoughts about this, but I’d love to hear what you think. Part of worship involves demonstrating our love for God by keeping His commandments (John 14:15), praying and praising Him, and studying His Bible. What are other practical, daily ways that you think we can show God our adoration and love?

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4 thoughts on “Blowing Kisses To God

  • Thank you for this insightful post! My contribution may seem very simplistic, but I try to find several times a day just to say “thank you” over and over again. I reflect on things past, present, and future I am thankful for, and simply reflect on those words. It really brings me closer to Him : )

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  • Loved this post! When I saw this definition in the Greek, I saw it as an outward expression of something occurring in your heart (like all true worship!) This picture of blowing kisses while bowing down, shows a perfect mix of reverence and respect, while also pouring out loving affection. I believe that God wants both at the same time! In the Old Testament, we see that the Israelites standing before the trembling Glory smoke covered mountain, are in absolute fear! They were terrified and rightly so, we are filthy compared to His glory! Yet it is AFTER they have bowed in the fear of the Lord, and in reverence, that God says “Do not fear.” After our hearts experience respect and reverence is where we can offer our love. I believe respect comes first. I saw this picture in a time of personal worship that looked like this:

    I was before God at His throne, and I bowed down in awe and reverence… one wrong move in this atmosphere could kill me! (Even in the New Testament… Ex: Ananias and Saphira) Yet, it was after I bowed, that God in His loving kindness… knelt down in front of me and lifted my head to meet His eyes… it was the perfect mix of the fear of the Lord, respect, reverence, and intimate love. This, I believe, is the worship God desires most! (:

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    • It’s so important to have love and affection for God as well as reverence and respect. It makes me sad to see people/churches leaving out one or the other (trying to love God without respecting Him or having reverence without feeling affection for Him). I agree the respect, reverence, and intimate love you mentioned is key to how God desires worship. Thanks for your comment 🙂

      P.S. I edited your first comment so it has the spelling corrections you’d added (that’s why only one of your three comments is showing up). Auto-correct can be so frustrating!

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