Adoration is a word that did not seem to fit in my view of Old Testament worship. When thinking of the idea of adoration, it just seemed to me like a New Testament idea. However, after all God’s chosen people were delivered from, adoration seems to fit the times well.
Adoration means, “An intense admiration culminating in reverence and worship, together with the outward acts and attitudes which accompany such reverence.” Another great definition is “a feeling of profound love and admiration.” Adoration can be considered the highest type of worship because it can involve thinking on the perfection of God, singing His praises for His role in our lives, or posturing ourselves in His “presence” so that His superiority and our inferiority are evident.
Adoration to God is shown throughout the Old Testament in numerous ways, with many of them involving physical posturing. First is the use of the hands in worship. Psalms 63: 4 says “I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.” Then we see even standing being used as an act of worship. Standing is especially used as a prayer posture. In Genesis 18:22 we see Abraham stand in prayer as he intercedes for Sodom. Scriptures say, “The men turned away and went towards Sodom, but Abraham remained standing before the LORD.”
We also see prostration, lying face down, used during worship many times in the Old Testament. We see Abraham in worship to his creator in Genesis 17:3, “Abram bowed down with his face to the ground, and God said to him, 17:4 as for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of a multitude of nations.”
A substitute for prostration was kneeling, which was and is a common attitude in worship. Psalms 95:6 says, “So come, let us worship: bow before him, on your knees before GOD, who made us!” In Isaiah 45:23 we see God speak, “I solemnly make this oath, what I say is true and reliable: ‘Surely every knee will bow to me, every tongue will solemnly affirm’”.
So the physical act of adoration was a usual idea among God’s people. Today we sometimes think that adoration of Him with our heart is enough for God. The problem is He wants EVERY PART OF US to worship Him. He wants every cell and fiber of our being to be a part of the worship process. We must find a way to express our love for the CREATOR with more than just our voices. We must worship Him with EVERYTHING we have.