What is true worship? It seems that in today’s world we have made an industry out of worship, we have worship CDs and worship artists.
Churches are looking to give a worship pastor to lead the congregation in singing worship songs. But what is worship really about, and how does the bible define worship.
To understand worship, let’s look slightly at what praise is? Whenever we talk about music in the church we automatically classify it as praise and worship. But if you look at what the bible need to say about worship, it has nothing to do music or styles or denomination or any of those other things.
If you look at praise in the bible, it is always referring to some sort of outward expression; lifting the hands, shouting, dancing, kneeling, singing, playing an instrument etc. Praise is always tangible in some way. It is seen or heard. Worship on the other hand ,always refers to some form of sacrifice or humility.
In genesis chapter 22, God told Abraham to go and sacrifice His son, Isaac and Abraham considered it to be worship onto God. Psalm 95 says “come and let us worship and bow down”.
Romans 12: 1 tells us to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice and that is considered our spiritual act of worship.In revelation we see the 24 elders falling down and worshiping the father. The very definition of worship in both the old and new testaments in literally TO FALL DOWN, or to LOWER ONES SELF. Worship is Humility.
Now let’s look at what Jesus said in John chapter 4 and verse 24, “God is spirit and those that worship Him will worship in spirit and in truth. What Jesus was actually saying is that in order to worship God, you must come to Him in spirits, just as he is spirit. In the old covenant, there was absolutely no way to approach God. Man was completely separated from God because of sin. But because of the finished work of Christ on the cross, we have direct access to God the father, but we must first pass though the redemption work of Christ. Only then will we have the spirits that can make us fellowship with God.