All the nations you have made shall come and bow down before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name.
The grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all.
Yesterday was Epiphany, the Christmas of the Gentiles. It is the day set aside to remember the visit of the magi to the Christ Child with their gifts and worship. That was 2000 years ago. But the worship, giving, and seeking embodied in that event continue on today. In fact they will continue on forever.
Worship is not only something we ought to do; it is something we actually join. When we bow down – whether in prayer, receiving the Lord’s Supper, in praise, or in humble submission to God’s word, we are not doing God a favor. We are embracing a reality and joining an ongoing expression of honor and praise to the One who alone is worthy of our worship.
God is worthy of all glory and honor because of who he is, and what he has done. He is love. He is Creator. He is over all. He has revealed his worthiness by becoming a baby: grace appearing in a manger, and through acts of kindness, love, mercy, healing, and goodness. He has brought salvation to all. Those who receive that gift join an unending chorus of praise to Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.