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What Is Worship?
word worship comes from the Saxon word wœrthscype, which later became
worthship. To worship God is to ascribe the proper worth to God, to magnify
His worthiness of praise, or better, to approach and address God as He is
worthy. As the Holy and Almighty God, the Creator and Sustainer of the
Universe, the Sovereign Judge to whom we must give an account, He is worthy of
all the worth and honour we can give Him and then infinitely more… The more we
focus on God, the more we understand and appreciate how worth he is. As we
understand and appreciate this, we can’t help but respond to him… So worship is
focusing on and responding to God.”
Why Should We Worship?
It is the only
natural response to God’s holiness (Is. 6; Rev. 4)
Who Should Worship?
Biblical Examples – From the beginning of creation, man was made to worship God. Cain and Abel brought sacrifices to god in worship; Abraham worshiped; Jacob worshiped at Bethel; Moses brought the children of Israel out of captivity to worship; and the priests performed their duties of worship in the temple (Gen. 4; Gen. 18; Gen. 28; Ex. 4). However, Old Testament worship differs from the worship laid out in the New Testament. Worship in the Old testament revolved around the sacrifices made by priests, whereas New Testament worship revolves around the thoughts and motivations of the heart.
How Should We Worship?
What Hinders Our Worship?
misunderstanding of God’s holiness
Avoid looking at
worship as a duty
 Whitney, Donald S. Spiritual Disciplines For the Christian Life. Colorado Springs: NavPress, 1981, p. 81
 Wiersbe, Warren W. Real Worship. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2000 p. 26
Aaron Fincham is Assistant Instructor at Grandview Park Baptist Church's college group, Journey, in Des Moines, Iowa.