Worship (Part One: What is Worship?)

what is worship?

is it merely entering the doors of a Church building on Sunday mornings and singing songs; choruses and hymns?

is it playing a musical instrument or reading passages of Scripture from the Bible?

is prayer an act of worship?

are acts of serving other acts of worship?

what comes to mind when you think about “worship?”

in the wonderful book For All God’s Worth, N.T. Wright states: “…the word ‘worship’ literally means ‘worthship’: to accord worth, true value, to something, to recognize and respect it for the true worth it has.”

we get our English word “worship” from the Old English word “worthship.”

worship, then, conveys and imparts worth; it communicates value.

to worship God is to say with our actions and words, our worship, that God is worthy of being worshipped. to worship God is to say we value His presence in our lives. to worship God is to honor Him.

“Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” (Psalm 100:2, NIV).


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