According to the International Bible Encyclopedia, the definition of Christian worship is “the uplifting of Holy joy before the Creator.” It embraces all of a believer’s life and walk with God. The place doesn’t matter, and worship can occur individually or in a group setting. What does matter is the condition of our heart. Worship involves praise, submission, service, and consecration.
The Bible has a lot to say about worship. In the old testament, the Hebrew word for worship is shacah, which means to bow down, prostrate, or serve. Mind and body are included. In the new testament, the Greek word is proskuneo, which means reverence, adore, and serve, but the most common definition is “to kiss”.
The focal point of worship is God in Jesus Christ, because in worshipping Jesus, we worship God. Jesus gives us access to the Father. (Ephesians 2:18). God is a Spirit and those who worship him must worship him in Spirit and in truth. (John 4:24), so true worship is made possible only through the intervention of the Holy Spirit
Worship is “our attempt to pay the unpayable debt of love…” (International Bible Encyclopedia) We worship God because of His mercy and grace, expressed through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. “But God commendeth His love toward us that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
Prayer can be a type of worship that leads to praise. Praise Him for what we have, what we are, and what we hope to be. Thank God not just for what He has done, but for who He is—our Creator. Be filled with the Spirit! Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!!! (Judy Whittaker)