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    What Exactly Is Worship?

    Worship can be defined as “the reverence or adoration that one shows toward something or someone; holding a person or object in high esteem; or giving a person or an object a place of importance or honor.” There are hundreds of scriptures in the Bible that speak about worship and provide guidance as to both who and how to worship.

    It is a Biblical mandate that we worship God and Him alone. It is an act that is designed not only to bring honor to Him who deserves honor, but also to bring a spirit of obedience and submission to the worshippers.

    But why do we worship, what exactly is worship and how do we worship on a day-to-day basis? Because this topic is important to God and is the reason that we were created, the Scripture provides us a great deal of information on the subject.

    What Is Worship?

    The word worship comes from the Old English word “weorþscipe or “worth-ship which means “to give worth to.”In a secular context, the word can mean “to hold something in high esteem.” In a Biblical context, theHebrew word for worship is shachah, which means to depress, to fall down, or to lay prostrate before a deity. It is to hold something up with such reverence, honor, and esteem that your only desire is to bow down before it. God specifically mandates that the focus of this type of worship be toward Him and Him alone. In its earliest context, man’s worship to God involved an act of sacrifice – the slaughter of an animal and the shedding of blood in order to bring atonement for sin. It was the looking ahead to the time when Messiah would come and become the ultimate sacrifice, giving the ultimate form of worship in obedience to God and love for us through the giving of himself in his death.
    But Paul reframes sacrifice as worship in Romans 12:1, “Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship.” We are no longer under bondage to the law, with the burden of bringing animal blood to atone for sins and as our form of worship. Jesus has already paid a death price and made a blood sacrifice for our sins. Our form of worship, post-resurrection, is to bring ourselves, our own lives, as a living sacrifice to God. This is holy and pleasing to Him.
    In My Utmost for His Highest Oswald Chambers said, “Worship is giving God the best that He has given you.” We own nothing of worth to present to God in worship but ourselves. It is our ultimate sacrifice, giving God back the very life that He gave to us. It is our purpose and the reason we were created. 1 Peter 2:9 says that we are a “chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.” It is the reason that we exist, to bring adoration to Him who created us.

    4 Biblical Commands about Worship

    The Bible speaks of worship from Genesis to Revelation. The Bible in its entirety is consistent and clear as to God’s plan for worship and clearly outlines a command, a focus, a reason, and a way to worship. Scripture is explicit in our worship in the following ways: 1. Commanded to Worship

    Our command is to worship because God created man for that purpose. Isaiah 43:7 tells us that we were created to worship Him: “everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.”
    The author of Psalm 95:6 tells us to “Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.” It is a command, something that is to be expected from the creation to the Creator. And if we do not? Luke 19:40 tells us that the stones will cry out in worship to God. Our worship is just that important to God.

    2. Focus of Worship

    The focus of our worship is without a doubt to God and Him alone. In Luke 4:8 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.” Even during the time of animal sacrifice, pre-resurrection, God’s people were reminded of who He was, the mighty miracles that He had performed on their behalf, and the mandate to a monotheistic form of worship through sacrifice.
    2 Kings 17:36 says that “the Lord, who brought you up out of Egypt with mighty power and outstretched arm, is the one you must worship. To Him you shall bow down and to Him offer sacrifices.” There is no other option but to worship God.

    3. The Reason We Worship

    The reason we worship? Because He alone is worthy. Who or what else is more worthy than the deity who created all heaven and earth? He holds time in His hand and sovereign watch over all of creation. Revelation 4:11 tells us that, “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for You created all things, and by Your will they were created and have their being.” The prophets of the Old Testament also proclaimed the worthiness of God to those who followed Him. After being given a child in her barrenness, Hannah in 1 Samuel 2:2, declared to the Lord through her prayer of thanksgiving, “There is no one holy like the Lord; there is no one besides You; there is no Rock like our God.”

    4. How We Worship

    Post resurrection, the Bible is not specific in describing the steps that we should use to worship Him, with one exception. John 4:23 tells us that “The hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.”
    God is a spirit and 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 tells us that we are filled with His spirit: “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”
    We are also commanded to bring Him worship that is based in truth. God sees our heart and the reverence that He seeks is one that comes from a clean heart, one made holy through being forgiven, with a correct motive, and with one purpose – to honor Him.

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