8. "When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.
9. For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken:"
In recognition of the awesome, majestic and mighty power of God, Peter fell to his knees. The falling 'to his knees' was an act of worship.
Having witnessed the manifestation of the power God in the
miracle of the 'catch' and His unmatched control over nature,
Peter's perspective; his attitude and his behaviour changed incredibly.
Peter had previously shown disbelief, reluctance and hesitancy, when Jesus had commanded him to launch out in the deep water.
However, Peter had reached the point where he no longer had doubt that He was in the presence of the Divine, and as a result, he showed reverence, adoration and obeisance. In Peter's acknowledgement of who Jesus is, the Son of God, and his immense love for Him, Peter realized his own sinfulness, unworthiness and insufficiencies, and
he vehemently exclaimed, "Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord." All of us are sinful, 'since all have sinned and continually fall short of the glory of God'. (Romans 3:23)
As we allow the Holy Spirit to teach us, we will come to the realization that Jesus is Lord, and therefore, He alone is deserving of our worship. At such point, we, like Peter, will experience transformation, which is a renewal of the mind and behavioral change. Consequently, our lifestyles will harmonize with God's principles, as is found in His Holy Word. May we seek for God now, the benefits are everlasting.