What is worship in a Christian context?
I’m a musician in my church. Some would call my position ‘worship leader’. I think of myself as more of a song leader. My service to the church I attend is to facilitate worship through the medium of music. I work with singers and musicians to lead our local church in singing about and to God himself. This singing contains songs based on Christian scripture which is the bases for our belief in God. We sing songs of adoration to him and about him. Some of our songs are for the purpose of motivating us to acknowledge and give him thanks. There are other songs meant to remind us of who God is. Some songs are like a prayer to him letting him know that we know that we are dependent on him for everything. There is more however to the act of worship.
Let’s start with a bible based definition of worship fromWebsters……..
- To adore; to pay divine honors to; to reverence with supreme respect and veneration.
Thou shalt worship no other God. Exo 34.
- To respect; to honor; to treat with civil reverence.
Nor worshipd with a waxen epitaph.
- To honor with extravagant love and extreme submission; as a lover.
With bended knees I daily worship her.
- To perform acts of adoration.
- To perform religious service.
And now from the Hebrew with biblical reference …..
Exo 34:14 For thou shall worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:
Psa 29:2 Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.
Isa_49:7 Thus saith the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to him whom man despise, to him whom the nation abhorrer, to a servant of rulers, Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the LORD that is faithful, and the Holy One of Israel, and he shall choose thee.
In each case this is the Hebrew meaning of the word worship…….
a primitive root; to work (in any sense); by implication to serve, till, (causative) enslave, etc. :- × be, keep in bondage, be bondmen, bond-service, compel, do, dress, ear, execute, + husbandman, keep, labour (-ing man), bring to pass, (cause to, make to) serve (-ing, self), (be, become) servant (-s), do (use) service, till (-er), transgress [from margin], (set a) work, be wrought, worshipper.
Hebrew Word: עָבַד
Root: a primitive root
Part of Speech: verb
Also there is the Greek understanding of the meaning of the word…..
Mat 4:10 Then said Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, you shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.
The Greek meaning…..
from <G4314> (pros) and a probably derivative of <G2965> (kuon) (meaning to kiss, like a dog licking his master’s hand); to fawn or crouch to, i.e. (literal or figurative) prostrate oneself in homage (do reverence to, adore) :- worship.
Greek Word: προσκυνέω
Root: from <G4314> and a probable derivative of <G2965> (meaning to kiss, like a dog licking his master’s hand)
Part of Speech: verb
With these things in mind; the next post will discuss the practical application of Christian Worship.
So what do you think? What is worshipping God mean to you? How much of your life should you give to it?