The Bible Teaching Ministry of David Hocking
“The Word of our God shall stand forever” Isaiah 40:8

WHAT IS WORSHIP?

We continue to receive comments and questions about the meaning of “worship” and how is being practiced in evangelical churches today.

The English word “worship” appears 108 times in the King James Bible of which 64 usages are in the OT. The Book of Revelation in the NT contains 15 usages.

The main Hebrew word is “shachah” and it is used 193 times and basically means “to bow down.” The main Greek word is “proskuneo” which is used 60 times in the NT and means “to kiss toward” – 22 of these usages are in the Book of Revelation.

Our Lord Yeshua said to a Samaritan woman (John 4:23): “the Father seeketh such to worship Him.” While certainly not dealing with details about how “worship” is being practiced, it would be good for us to consider the following six things (Be sure to read the verses that are listed!):

1. WORSHIP IS THE REASON BEHIND THE CREATION OF ALL THINGS!
Nehemiah 9:6; Psalm 95:3-6; Romans 1:20-23; Revelation 4:9-11

2. WORSHIP IS THE REALIZATION OF THE HOLINESS OF GOD!
Joshua 5:13-15; I Chronicles 16:28-29; Psalm 29:1-2; 96:8-9; 99:1-3, 5, 9

3. WORSHIP IS THE RECOGNITION OF OUR SIN AND UNWORTHINESS BEFORE GOD!
Exodus 34:6-9; Nehemiah 9:1-3

4. WORSHIP IS THE RESULT OF THOSE WHO KNOW THE GREATNESS AND POWER OF GOD!
Psalm 66:1-4; Revelation 4:8-11; 11:15-17; 15:3-4; 19:1-4

5. WORSHIP IS THE RESPONSE OF THOSE WHO KNOW THE MERCY AND SALVATION OF GOD!
Psalm 5:7; 86:1-13; Revelation 5:9-14; 7:9-12

6. WORSHIP IS THE RELATIONSHIP WE HAVE IN OUR HEARTS TO THE LORD!
Matthew 15:7-9; John 4:20-24; Philippians 3:1-14; Colossians 2:16-23

May the Lord open our hearts to the need of true “WORSHIP” as we seek to honor, praise, bless, adore, exalt, and magnify the Name of the LORD!

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