John 4:24 ‘God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
What is the meaning of worship?
The meaning of the New Testament Greek word most often translated “worship” (proskuneo) is “to fall down before” or “bow down before.” It is to prostate one’s self to the ground as an act of reverence.
The word ‘worship’ is a verb that comes from an old “Anglo-Saxon” word meaning “worth ship”; which means being worthy of honour; Honourable; worth-iness.
True Biblical Worship can be defined as honour, reverence and homage, in thoughts, feelings and actions paid never to men, nor Angels or other spiritual beings but only to one true Holy God.
A W. Pink (1886 – 1952) in his exposition of the gospel of John, says this: “It is a redeemed heart, occupied with God, expressing itself in adoration and thanksgiving.”
Likewise, A. W. Tozer said, “True worship is to be so personally and hopelessly in love with God, that the idea of a transfer of affection never even remotely exists.”
Worship in general terms is looked at as “devotion” to a deity. Worship is the process of surrendering your entire life into God’s hands
Worship is our response to the presence and character of God. It is a way of life.
As God’s image-bearers, everything we do can and should be an act of worship
Way to Express Worship / Words for Worship
|Barak – To kneel, to bless God, to bow down||Gen 24:11,Psalm 89:52.|
|Shaback – Loud praise, or shout loudly.
(Although there is a time for quiet reverent worship, there should also be a time for loud exuberant worship).
|Psalm 47:1, Psalm 145:4|
|Yadah – Extending hand in Praise||1 Chro 16:25, 2Chr 20:21|
|Halal – Exuberant praise, to praise, to act like a fool||1 Chro 16:4, 2 Sam 6:21-22,|
|Tehillah – To sing praises, singing out of the spirit spontaneously||Psalm 66:8, Psalm 71:8|
|Towdah – Extending hands, acting out of thanksgiving for what God has done.||Psalm 50:23, Psalm 100:4|
|Zamar – To touch the strings, to make music with instruments, mostly rejoicing||Psalm 150:3-6.|
Scriptures About Worship.
|Who do we worship and who is our worship reserved for?
(We are not to worship saints, statutes, angels, any false gods, or Mary, the mother of Jesus)
|Rev 19:10, Ex 34:14|
|In what ways do we worship God?||Psalm 95:6, Exo 34:8|
|What should be the motivation for our worship?||Exo 4:30-31, Rom 12:1|
|What type of people should worship God||Isaiah 66:23, Rom 14:1|
|How is God to be worshipped?||John 4:24|
Different Ways of Worship
|Worship Through Singing
In worshipping through singing, God invites us into a deeper relationship with Him. He reveals more of Himself through the act of worship, and as a result, our spirits, minds, and bodies are realigned to His reality and He teaches us to sing new songs of praise, new ways to worship Him within each new twist and turn of life.
Worship is restorative; it helps stabilise our emotional ups and downs.
|Psalm 33:1-9, Psalm 147:1-9|
|Worship Through Living Holy
What does it mean to present our bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable?
Let every act of your body be an act of worship. That is, let every act of your living body be a demonstration that God is your treasure. Let every act of your living body show that Christ is more precious to you than anything else. Let every act of your living body be a death to all that dishonours Christ. (Rom 6:13)
Present a living holy body to God” means give your members — your eyes, your tongue, your hands and feet — give your body to do righteousness, not sin
Why does the bible refer to living holy as an act of worship? 1 Cor 6:19-20, 1 Peter 1:16.
Our true act of worship is to submit ourselves daily to our loving God, and to consecrate every part of our lives to Him and His ways. We are to set our actions apart from the ways of this world because He has chosen us and has already set us apart for Himself. We cannot do this apart from the Holy Spirit in us.
|Rom 12:1-2,(NIV) Isaiah 1:11-20, Lev 20:7-8|
|Worship Through Obedience
Why is it important to obey the Lord? – Luke 6:46, Deut 28:1-28.
Worship is expressing love to God. The first way that we express love to God is through our obedience to Him, this proves that we love Him, and that we trust Him. (John 14:15) True worship—worship in spirit and truth—involves obedience to God’s commands because it engages our whole heart and so plays out in our actions. The importance of obeying Jesus is tied directly to worship. Both our worship and our obedience are tied to God’s Word.
|John 14:15, John 2:5, 1 John 5:2-4|
|Worship Through Service
Any sacrifices we make in serving Him is an act of worship. God did not give us talents and abilities to keep them to ourselves. He gave them to us to use for the benefit of others. In using our gifts to help others brings Him glory. Matthew 5:16 says, “…let you light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Use what God has freely given you – use it and worship Him in doing so.
|Matt 25:31-46, Col 3:17, Mark 10:45|
|Worship Through Sacrifice
There are 4 sacrifices that please God. Sacrifice of our lips (Heb 13:15-16), Sacrifice of our body (Rom 12:1-2), Sacrifice of giving (Rom 12:8) Sacrifice of love (Rom 12:9-21)
God wants you to offer all of yourself and all your lives – your time, ambitions, possessions, ears, mouths and sexuality – as well as your mind, emotions and attitudes. Paul’s description of a living sacrifice also reminds us that you must go on offering your life as a sacrifice to God, offering the whole of your life for the whole of your life.
|Heb 13:15-16, Rom 12:1-2, 9-21|
|Worship Through Thanksgiving
In corporate worship and in private prayer we always have reason to thank God for what He has done and what we know He will do. Whether or not we feel grateful or not, there is always reason to worship in gratitude and thanksgiving because his faithful love endures forever.
|1 Chronicles 16:4-36; Psalm 136:1-26|
|Worship Through Giving
Giving voluntarily, generously, joyfully, and sacrificially is worship God accepts. This type of worship pleases God. Almighty God, being entirely self-sufficient, requires no gift from humanity to sustain him in any way. He is not “served by men’s hands, as though he needed anything” (Acts 17:25, Psalm 50:10-12; Romans 11:35). He is pleased, however, when we demonstrate and exhibit the spirit of generosity through giving.
|2 Cor 9:6-8, Prov 3:9
Phil 4:18, 2 Cor 8:1-4, Matt 2:11
|Worship Through Proclamation
To proclaim means to declare publicly.
Proclamation is recognizing that I was once blind but now I have seen and experienced God’s personal touch and restoration in my life. This causes me to humbly and boldly proclaim His goodness to others, and my joy and wonder deepen as I share my story. We see this pattern of worship throughout Scripture. It starts by recognizing the power and presence of God. Then, we proclaim His goodness to others. In turn, we experience deeper meaning and joy ourselves.
|Deut 32:3, Psalm 96:2,1 Chro 16:23, Psalm 26:6-8|