7.  Worship

God’s desire in regard to our heart and actions in worship has not changed from “Old Testament”, to “New Testament” times. Let’s review the following passages in scripture and compare them to each other.

O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker. For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice,     (Psalm 95:6, 7)

But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
     (John 4:23, 24)

In the Psalms passage we find:
The correct object of worship - The Lord God
The correct attitude of worship - Prostrating our self before God, understanding who we are before the Lord
        The correct action / result - To hear His voice.

In the passage which is in the gospel of John we find:
        The correct object of worship - God who is Spirit
        The correct attitude of worship - worship in Spirit
        The correct action / result - worship in truth

Worship Defined

1.       The Greek - proskuneo - Kissing toward one in reverence

2.       American Heritage Dictionary - “The reverent love and allegiance accorded a deity”

3.       Webster’s - To honor or reverence a divine being

In the New Testament, those sole actions in which the Christian engages so as to specifically show reverence, obeisance, and honor unto God and His Son Jesus Christ.


What the object of worship is not

It is not:

Drawing our own conclusions:
“Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,” (Col 2:18)

Personal entertainment:
O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.” (Psa 96:9)

Some view worship as a form of self expression:
“For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.

God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed anything, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;” 
(Act 17:23-25)

The image of man, or beast, or our own creations:
“And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.”  (Rom 1:23)

A social club:
“But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.”  (Mat 15:9)

The worship of angels:
“For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? And again, when he bringeth in the first begotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.”  (Heb 1:5, 6)


The object of worship is God

God is the object of our worship:
For He is holy:
“Exalt ye the LORD our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy.”       (Psa 99:5)

He alone is to be worshipped:
“Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.”       (Mat 4:10)

“And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things. Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.”       (Rev 22:8, 9)

His servants worship Him:
Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king's word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God.”       (Dan 3:28)

What’s our attitude?

What does God expect of our attitude?
Living as He desires:
“Wherewith shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old? Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”       (Mic 6:6-8)

Focused upon the spiritual:
“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.”       (Col 3:1-3)

Full assurance of faith:
“Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; And having an high priest over the house of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.”       (Heb 10:19)

“Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;”       (Heb 10:23)

A broken and contrite heart:
“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.”       (Psa 51:17)

“For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.”      
(Isa 57:15)

“For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.”       (Isa 66:2)

“But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.”        (Rom 2:29)


Actions of  Worship

“Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;”       (Eph 5:19)

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”       (Col 3:16)

“Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.”       (Jam 5:13)

“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”       (Phi 4:6)

“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;”       (1Ti 2:1)

“And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand.”       (Rev 8:3, 4)

“For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him; To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;”       (Heb 7:1, 2)

“Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:”       (2Co 9:7)

The Lord’s supper:
“And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.”       (Mat 26:26)

“For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.”       (1Co 11:23)

Teaching/Learning God’s Word:
“And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people; (for he was above all the people;) and when he opened it, all the people stood up: And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God. And all the people answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands: and they bowed their heads, and worshipped the LORD with their faces to the ground.”       (Neh 8:5)

“And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.”       (Act 20:7)

Our actions:
“Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king's word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God.”       (Dan 3:28)

“Then the king Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face, and worshipped Daniel, and commanded that they should offer an oblation and sweet odours unto him. The king answered unto Daniel, and said, Of a truth it is, that your God is a God of gods, and a Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, seeing thou couldest reveal this secret.       (Dan 2:46)

“Wherefore the LORD God of Israel saith, I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me forever: but now the LORD saith, Be it far from me; for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.”       (1Sa 2:30)

Why worship?

We are commanded to:
“For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:”       (Exo 34:14)

To glorify God:
“Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.”       (1Ch 16:29)

To grow in faith:
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”       (Rom 10:17)

To receive Grace:
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”       (Heb 4:16)

It gives you joy/pleasure:
“Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”       (Psa 16:11)

It gives strength/victory:
“Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.”       (Hab 3:17-19)

God rewards your efforts:
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”       (Heb 11:6)

We were created to worship:
“The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”       (Rev 4:10, 11)

By worshipping you show that you:

Know God

Believe God

Trust God

Pro 3:5, 6 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.


Food for thought

What have you learned about worship that you may not have already known?

Can you think of 3 ways that you worship the Lord that is not related to your time at church?

How has the information on worship changed your perspective on actions throughout your day?