Entering Into Worship


I. Word meanings:

A.  The primary Hebrew word for Worship, "shachah",  means to bow down before or give honor to.
"For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God"  (Exodus 34:14).

"Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness"  (Psalms 29:2).

"O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker"  (Psalms 95:6).

B. The New Testament Greek word for worship, "proskuneo" means to prostrate oneself in homage (do reverence to, adore): - worship.  It comes from a word meaning to kiss toward or as a dog would lick the hand of his master.
"And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me"  (Matthew 4:9).  (Satan tempted Jesus).

"And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him"  (Mark 14:35).

"And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God"  (Revelation 7:11).

C. We get the English word "worship" from the root word worth or worthy.  Worship is attributing "worth" to God.  Webster's =. The act of paying honors to a divine being; the worship paid to God; the act of addressing as a God. Praise is giving God adoration for His nature and character.
"I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies"  (II Samuel 22:4).  (David said).

"Then the Levites, Jeshua, and Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabniah, Sherebiah, Hodijah, Shebaniah, and Pethahiah, said, Stand up and bless the LORD your God for ever and ever: and blessed be thy glorious name, which is exalted above all blessing and praise"  (Nehemiah 9:5).

"The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created"  (Revelation 4:10-11).

"And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation"  (Revelation 5:9).

"Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing"  (Revelation 5:12).

II. Public Worship.
Please note: The following is to be only a guide. The Holy spirit should be the one that leads us into worship. Jesus seeks those who will worship him in Spirit and Truth. (John 4:24)

A. Worshiping the Lord:

"I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD" (Psalms 122:1)

"Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching" (Hebrews 9:25).

B. Prayer is central:
"And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves" (Matthew 21:13).

"Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour" (Acts 3:1).

"Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much" (James 5:16).

C. Singing unto the Lord:
"Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises" (Psalms 47:60).

"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord" (Colossians 3:16).

D. Standing in worship:
"Behold, bless ye the LORD, all ye servants of the LORD, which by night stand in the house of the LORD" (Psalms 134:1).

"Ye that stand in the house of the LORD, in the courts of the house of our God, Praise the LORD; for the LORD is good: sing praises unto his name; for it is pleasant" (Psalms 135:2-3).

E. Laying on of hands and anointing of oil:
"They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover" (Mark 16:18).

"And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied" (Acts 19:6).

"Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord" (James 5:14).

F. Kneeling before the Lord:
"O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker" (Psalms 95:6).

"For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ" (Ephesians 3:14).

G. Clapping of hands in praise:
"O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph" (Psalms 47:1).

"For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands" (Isaiah 55:12).

H. Using musical instruments:
"Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD" (Psalms 150:3-6).
I. Shouting for joy:
"And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks unto the LORD; because he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid" (Ezra 3:11).

"But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee" (Psalms 5:11).

J. Preaching the Word:
"And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ" (Acts 5:42).

"And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead" (Acts 10:42).

"For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God" (Acts 20:27).

K. Prophesying unto the people:
"And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers" (Ephesians 4:11).

"Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy" (I Corinthians 14:1).

"Despise not prophesyings" (I Thessalonians 5:20).

L. Praying in the Spirit:
"Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered" (Romans 8:26).

"I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying" (I Corinthians 14:5).

"But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost" (Jude 1:20).

M. Singing in the Spirit:
"And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD" (Psalms 40:3).

"What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also" (I Corinthians 14:15).

N. Lifting up of hands in worship:
"And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God. And all the people answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands: and they bowed their heads, and worshipped the LORD with their faces to the ground" (Nehemiah 8:6).

"Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD" (Psalms 134:2).

"I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land. Selah" (Psalms 143:6).

O. Dancing unto the Lord:
"And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances" (Exodus 15:20).

"Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp"  (Psalms 149:3).

P. Giving of tithes and offerings:
"Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it" (Malachi 3:10).

"Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come" (I Corinthians 16:2).

Q. Healing of diseases and hurts:
"And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you"  (Luke 10:9).

"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised" (Luke 4:18).

"Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him" (James 5:14-15).

R. Casting out of evil spirits:
"And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease" (Matthew 10:1).

"And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues" (Mark 16:17).

S. Reading of the Word:
"So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading" (Nehemiah 8:8).

"And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read" (Luke 4:16).

T. Saving the lost:
"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved" (Romans 10:9).

"Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls" (Acts 2:41).

"And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved" (Acts 2:47).

III. Personal practice of worship.
A. Here are some of many ways that we can worship God.
1. We are to bow down before God.
2. We are to humble ourselves before God.
3. We are to offer sacrifices of praise unto God.
4. We are to give honor to the Word of God.
5. We are to esteem others higher than ourselves.
6. We are to do what our hand finds to do with all our might.
7. We are to give a tithe and offering.
8. We are to give to the poor.
9. We are to honor and respect those in authority.
10. We are to love one another.
11. We are to be in church on time.
12. We are to be thankful in everything.
13. We are to be a good steward of what God has given us.
14. We are to love our mate in marriage.
15. We are to treat our animals kindly.
16. We are to have a servant's heart to serve others.
17. We are to obey the laws, statues, and commandments of God.
18. We are to be tenderhearted toward others.
19. We are to pray about everything.
20. We are to commit ourselves unto the Lord.
21. We are to be grateful all that God has given.
22. We are to be faithful in a time of temptation.
23. We are to lift up the fallen.
24. We are to receive one another in Christ.
25. We are to sit at the feet of Jesus to listen to him.
26. We are to claim the promises of God.
27. We are to speak the truth in love.
28. We are to take responsibility for raising our children.
29. We are to keep a clear conscience before God and man.
30. We are to forgive our offender.
31. We are to show mercy when we could be judgmental.
32. We are to avoid buying on credit when God has said that He will provide.
33. We are to bless God opposed to cursing Him.
34. We are to witness and give God honor before others.
B. Each of the above in one way or the other give worth to God.
IV. Sometimes the most important and most neglected forms of worship are to be still and silent before God.
"Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth"  (Psalms 46:10).

"But the LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him"  (Habakkuk 2:20)

"Be silent, O all flesh, before the LORD: for he is raised up out of his holy habitation"  (Zechariah 2:13).

V. Worship in Heaven.
I received and email one day from an individual one day who had been a Believer for thirty-five years.  He said that he was seeing older Believers die and was wondering what we would do in heaven for all eternity.

A. An Old Testament picture.

"Behold, bless ye the LORD, all ye servants of the LORD, which by night stand in the house of the LORD.  Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD.  The LORD that made heaven and earth bless thee out of Zion"  (Psalms 134:1-3).

"I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever"  (Psalms 145:1).

"Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the LORD from the heavens: praise him in the heights. Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts.  Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light.  Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens.  Let them praise the name of the LORD: for he commanded, and they were created"  (Psalms 148:1-5).

B. A New Testament.
1. Celebration with the Father:  "For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.  Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing"  (Luke 15:24-25).

2.  "The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,  Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created"  (Revelation 4:10-11).

3. "And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein"  (Revelation 11:1).

ABC Of Praise
In Everything Give Thanks
Giving Glory To God

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