I am sure you have all seen those inspirational pictures with someones arms and face lifted up to heaven in worship to God. But since when was this Biblical? When man has encountered God in the Bible, since when has he been able to stand in worship of him? In Isaiah 6:1 – 5, we read of Isaiah’s vision of God, “In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: The whole earth is full of his glory. And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.” All Isaiah cries is “Woe is me!” That is all that man can do before God. God is so holy and we are so wretched apart from the grace of God, that we are forced to cry “woe is me!”
Also when Christ revealed Himself to Saul on the road to Damascus, all Saul could do is tremble and fall to the earth. Acts 9:3 – 7, “And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.”
Even the disciple whom Jesus loved was forced to the ground in the presence of Christ. Revelations 1:17 says, “And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:”
This tells us that man cannot stand before the Lord in worship of Him. He is forced to the ground because of the glory and holiness of God in comparison to himself.