Worship Words

There are several different words used in the Bible for “worship” and none of them mean music or singing. The original words used most often mean “bow down”, “reverence”, “honor publicly”, and “serve, as a slave”. “Praise” is most often attached to singing. It’s easy to think of singing praise and worship as the same, but really, praise singing is just a subset of worship. Worship is much more. Warren Weirsbe describes worship as our response of all that we are, to all that He is and does.

“Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship” Romans 12:1

I’m glad that worship is more. I’m also a bit terrified. Mostly because of the “all” part. If we’re truly honest, I’m sure there are many times during the day that we aren’t giving God all. But why look at the negative side of things? Isn’t it exciting that when the singing is over, we get to keep on worshipping!

Another aspect of worship is that God is deserving of it, period. In Isaiah 6, he was shown a vision of heaven and saw the Lord being worshipped on the throne. And these heavenly beings were worshipping God. They weren’t singing – just calling/crying/proclaiming “Holy, Holy, Holy is the LORD of hosts. The whole earth is full of His glory.” Before He sent His Son, before Jesus died on the cross to save us, before we could be blessed with anything, God was worshipped. Even more, in Revelation 4 we read that “…day and night they do not cease to say, ‘Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was and is and is to come.’” Let’s be sure that we are worshipping God, not only for what He’s done, but for who He is!

“Come, let us worship and bow down, Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.” Psalm 95:6


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