Summary: Have you ever wondered what true worship is? Well this is a series that describes the heart a depth of worship.

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Understanding, Preparing For, And Practicing

What is Worship?

Worship- reverent devotion and allegiance pledged to God.

When we try to worship for the sake of certain benefits that may be received, the

act ceases to be worship; for then it attempts to use God as a means to something else.

We worship God purely for the sake of worshiping God.

To Worship is:

To quicken the conscience by the holiness of God,

To feed the mind with the truth of God,

To purge the imagination by the beauty of God,

To open the heart to the love of God,

To devote the will to the purpose of God..

Worship is not a human invention; rather, it is a divine offering. God offers himself

in a personal relationship and we respond.

Preliminary Terminology

The English word worship is derived from the Anglo-Saxon weorthscipe - “worth”

and “ship” - meaning one “worthy of reverence and honor.” When we worship we are

declaring God’s worth. See Rev. 5:12-14

The biblical tern glory is often attributed to God as God is worshiped. The

Hebrew term kabod, translated “glory,” means the “honor” or “weight” of God. See Isa.

6:3. The New Testament term doxa, translated “glory,” expresses that God is worthy of

praise and honor. See Luke 2:14

The principle Old Testament term translated “worship” is shachah, which means to

“bow down” or to “prostrate” oneself. See Exod. 4:31

The Greek term indicating worship in the New Testament is proskuneo, meaning

literally to “kiss the hand towards one” or to “prostrate oneself” before another in

reverence. See John 4:24

The term liturgy is derived from the Greek leitourgia, translated “ministry: or

“service.” Literally, leitourgia means an “an action of the people,” and more particularly

the service which the Christian renders to God in faith and obedience.

For Paul, the true leitourgia of God is a life of faith that shows forth fruits of the

Spirit (Gal. 5:22). Worship is also meant in Rom. 12:1.

Describing Christian Worship

Christian worship defies definition; it can only be experienced. A living experience

may be analyzed, but it can never be completely contained in formulas, creeds, and


Worshipers may identify with Paul: (2 Cor. 12:3-4) certain experiences in worship

are so intimate that the worshiper cannot share them.

Although the innate desire to worship is universal, there is often confusion about

the meaning and nature of worship. The following descriptions may aid in clarifying this


Mystery- Worship is both revelation and mystery. A worshiper experiences the

presence of God in revelation and stands in awe of God in the face of mystery. God both

reveals and withholds at the same time. While we can be conscious of God in our lives,

we can never comprehend the meaning of God. In worship we experience both mystery

(God’s transcendence) and revelation (God’s Immanence).

Communion with God is a miracle, just as the revelation of Jesus Christ and the

continuing work of the Holy Spirit in the church are miracles. According to Samuel

Miller, the miracle of worship is the “sight of God seen through earthly circumstance; it is

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