Worship: The Believer’s Duty and Delight


The idea of worship means many different things to people today. Of course, extremes of experience and traditionalism have distorted and distracted people from genuine worship.

The word ‘worship’ is from the old English, “weorthscipe”, which means “a recognition of worth”. In the Scriptures, the concept of worship carries the idea of serving God by means of an attitude of fear and adoration. What is worship? Worship for the believer is the act of recognizing God’s worth and responding to that in service to Him. Worship is to be exclusively offered unto the Lord (; ; ; ; ; ; ). How do we worship God? If we are going to do this, we need to have a right recognition of three realities:

A Right Recognition of who God Is
Knowing who God is will inform and instruct us in worship. We are unable to comprehend God (, , Is. 55:8-9, ); however, by his grace God is knowable (). What does the Scripture say
concerning who God is? That question needs a long answer! Allow me to mention some things the Scriptures say. The Bible declares that God is eternal (; ; Is. 40:28) and the Creator (). In His character He is holy (Is. 6:3) and just (; ). In His activities He is sovereign () and gracious ().

A Right Recognition of what God Does
What has God done and continue to do? God has created the heavens and the earth (). He sustains and maintains creation () by upholding all things by the power of His word (). He graciously sent His Son to redeem His people from their sin (; ). He works all things together for good in the life of His people ().

A Right Recognition of what God Requires
The Lord requires of His people the following: to fear Him, to walk in all His ways, to love Him and to serve Him with all our heart and soul (). Such actions come as a result of being rightly acquainted with who the Lord is.

Worship is our response to these realities. What does it mean to worship God? It means to serve the Lord out of gratitude for who He is and what He has done for us. For the believer, worship is to be a duty and delight. In my next post, I will discuss the necessary components of genuine worship.

“You shall have no other gods before me.

“‘You shall have no other gods before me.

Deuteronomy 6:13

13 It is the Lord your God you shall fear. Him you shall serve and by his name you shall swear.

10 Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written,

“‘You shall worship the Lord your God
and him only shall you serve.’”

And Jesus answered him, “It is written,

“‘You shall worship the Lord your God,
and him only shall you serve.’”

26 But Peter lifted him up, saying, “Stand up; I too am a man.”

Acts 14:15

15 “Men, why are you doing these things? We also are men, of like nature with you, and we bring you good news, that you should turn from these vain things to a living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them.

18 Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind,

10 Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God.” For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

Revelation 22:8

I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed them to me,

29 “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.

Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,
and his greatness is unsearchable.

33 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!

And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.

33 Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba and called there on the name of the Lord, the Everlasting God.

90:1 Lord, you have been our dwelling place
in all generations.
Before the mountains were brought forth,
or ever you had formed the earth and the world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

1:1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

“The Rock, his work is perfect,
for all his ways are justice.
A God of faithfulness and without iniquity,
just and upright is he.

since indeed God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you,

34 At the end of the days I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High, and praised and honored him who lives forever,

for his dominion is an everlasting dominion,
and his kingdom endures from generation to generation;
35 all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing,
and he does according to his will among the host of heaven
and among the inhabitants of the earth;
and none can stay his hand
or say to him, “What have you done?”

11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
the Lord bestows favor and honor.
No good thing does he withhold
from those who walk uprightly.

1:1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,

16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,

28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

12 “And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul,

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Andrew Courtis

Andrew Courtis

ANDREW - Serves as Pastor of Hills Bible Church. I am married to Dianne and we have three children (Kate, Emma and Jack). I was born and raised in Melbourne, moved to Adelaide to undertake theological studies (BMin.), and have completed additional studies with the Australian College of Theology (MATh.). I have served in pastoral ministry in both Melbourne and Sydney and am a qualified school teacher. I am committed to expository preaching and making the word of God known and understood.

2 thoughts on “Worship: The Believer’s Duty and Delight”

    1. Hi Steve. You are certainly right. Such a topic deserves a series of posts and even then we are only getting stated on the glory and majesty of our Lord.

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