Webster’s dictionary defines worship as, “reverence offered a divine being or supernatural power also: an act of expressing such reverence”. This is often understood to include going to church, praying, and reading the Bible. The Scriptures on worship, however, tell us that it entails so much more. In the Old Testament Scriptures on worship, the sacrificial system was an important element of the religious system. God told the people in many places, however, that he was not interested in sacrifice he wanted obedience. In Micah 6:7-8 God tells us what he wants, “Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams . . . He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? “ Worship is more than just the religious acts that we do it is about the condition of our heart and the obedience of our lives.
Worship comes from the heart. We can do a lip service and not worship God with our heart. Consider it this way, the chicken and the pig. The chicken lays egg and that is used as breakfast. But for the pig, it has to be killed before anything of it can be used. So there is a pure sacrifice from the pig which is what worship is about. God inhabits in the midst of our praise and if you read the Psalm, David was a man of worship and praise. As believers worship should be part of our lifestyle. It is actually who we are. Our renewed Spirit always wants to worship therefore we need to renew our mind so our mind/soul will also worship
This is confirmed in the New Testament Scriptures on worship. Romans 12:1-2, says, “. . . present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind.” Here worship does include sacrifice but it is a daily kind of sacrifice. One that requires consistent conscious decisions made to submit to God. Therefore, the best way to worship is to acknowledge God’s presence in our lives and choose to believe that his ways are better than ours are. Then we will obey him out of love and gratitude rather than just duty. Worship will become second nature and an experience we cherish.
Here are a list of scriptures on worship
- John 4:24 – God [is] a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship [him] in spirit and in truth.
- Psalms 95:6 – O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.
- Colossians 3:14-17 – And above all these things [put on] charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
- Isaiah 12:5 – Sing unto the LORD; for he hath done excellent things: this [is] known in all the earth.
- Romans 12:1 – I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service.
- John 4:23 – But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
- Hebrews 13:15 – By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of [our] lips giving thanks to his name.