is there a reason for standing in church?

29 07 2009

Is there a reason for standing in church?  I grew up going to church. The only posture we had for worship was standing.

 

So, should we stand to worship God and if so, why?

Exodus 33:10 (ESV)
And when all the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance of the tent, all the people would rise up and worship, each at his tent door.

The word translated “rise up” also can be translated “stand” as in the NIV. Standing is at least biblical, but is there a reason behind why it should be encouraged?

One of the attitudes we should bring in worship is honor. Did you notice that when a judge enters the court the bailiff announces, “all rise for the honorable judge ______?” When the President of the United States enters the House of Representatives chamber for the State of the Union address everyone stands.

God deserves more honor than anyone. If we stand to honor people, why not for God?

So, it’s biblically sound and the extra work of standing represent a heart attitude of honor.

I choose to stand not because I can’t see the screen, but because I want to honor God.

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[…] discussed it before, but honor is usually demonstrated by standing or […]

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