Worship: The Believer’s Duty and Delight

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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:

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“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,