Of late I have been reading a book written by a South African lady, Suret Morkel called “The anointing of the Royal Priest and Bride”. She writes a section on having a posture of prayer and worship, a deepening of our love for Him that comes from our brokenness of self. This section made me sit up straight, no pun intended. It caused me to examine what my spiritual posture looks like to others. I referred to a dictionary and discovered that the word posture originates from the Latin, ‘positura’ meaning positioned and ‘posit’ meaning placed. The word is defined as the way one holds their body when standing or sitting, or it may be used to indicate an approach or attitude.
As a young girl I recall my parents prompting me to sit up straight (have just straightened my back) and to walk up tall. I did a year or two of ballet to help me improve my posture. However, I have to constantly remind myself not to slouch, to pull in the core and push back my shoulders. How many of you reading this have just done that? I recall the ballet dancers at school as being so graceful and tall, always moving with so much poise. This was instilled by an encouraging, yet strict teacher and their desire to be a dancer, their posture and poise was not only corrected when they heard the instructor, but became a way of being. This made me ponder my walk, my worship, my prayer life, my faith, positioning and placement.
Mirrors are essential to ballet dancers, they line the walls of dance studios. This is not so that the dancers can continually adjust their hair or admire their tiny waists, but serve as ways of reflecting on posture, poise and position. The Word is our spiritual mirror and we need to sit, stand or lie in the Word daily, asking the Set-Apart Spirit of Truth to prod us so that we pull in our core, straighten up our posture and position ourselves in the presence of our King.
James 1: 21 tells us to “put away all filthiness and overflow of evil, and receive with meekness the implanted Word, which is able to save your life.” This is straightening yourself up, pulling in that core and standing tall on the Word.
James 1:21-22 is the wall of mirrors, it tells us that we are to become doers of the Word, not merely be readers or hearers. We need to action the Word, examine our posture and position and do something to correct it. The warning is that if we read/hear the Word and remain inactive we are deceiving ourselves by thinking that we have a good posture, position. In verse 26 James writes that if we think we are religious but don’t control our tongue we are deceiving ourselves and our religion is worthless.
James 1: 23-25 goes on, and I quote (italics added): “Because if anyone is a hearer of the Word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror (reflection, reflecting), for he looks at himself and goes away, and immediately forgets what he was like. (Neglecting to change posture, poise or position). But he that looked into the perfect Torah, that of freedom, and continues in it, not becoming a hearer that forgets but a doer of work, this one shall be blessed in his doing of the Torah.”
This scripture encapsulates the essence of being full of GRACE and moving in GRACE. We need to make sure that what we read/hear is assimilated into our daily walk. Just like the dancers make posture part of their daily movement, we need to ensure that we make worship and prayer our daily posture. No matter what the circumstances, no matter if in times of rejoicing or difficulty our posture should reflect that we know YHWH, walk in faith that He has all things in His hand, He is Majesty and Creator, He is Father and lovingly-committed to His chosen ones. The world is watching the bride of Christ, what do they see? A bride that has lost her joy? A slouching, hunched over bride that drags her feet through the good and challenging times? OR a bride that has a graceful posture in all circumstances because we stand on the firm foundation of His love, His blood and our core is the Set-Apart Spirit of Truth. We walk tall in love, we dance and worship the King for we know that He is unchanging, true, faithful and that above all we are His. The sky is always blue and the sun always shines.
“Yet I exult in YHWH, I rejoice in the Elohim of my deliverance.
YHWH the Master is my strength. And He makes my feet like those of a deer, and makes me walk on my high places. To the chief singer with my stringed instruments.”
What a beautiful image, feet like a deer to enable us to nimbly move on the rocks, to jump and leap up the mountain side. In Afrikaans the words are so beautiful, “Hy maak my voete soos die van ‘n reebok.”
YHWH, it is my prayer that your Set-Apart Spirit of Truth would fill me and prod me to walk tall in worship and prayer no matter what. That as Your child I would be found in a posture of worship and prayer, positioned at Your feet. Not merely a reader/hearer of Your Word, but a doer. Make my feet nimble and gracious like those of a mountain deer so that I will jump and leap for joy in the meadows and up the challenging rocky bits of life. See my heart, know my love for You as I pray and worship You alone. Amen