What Is Worship?

December 19, 2019

“Worship the Lord in the beauty of His holiness; tremble before Him, all the earth.” “Come let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.”

We are told to worship the Lord over 70 times in the Bible. So, what is worship? Here are some dictionary definitions:

  • the acts or rites that make up a formal expression of reverence for a deity
  • adoration or devotion comparable to religious homage, shown toward a person
  • honor given to someone in recognition of their merit

So, what is worship in relationship to the God of the Universe? Exactly that, the outpouring of a relationship with the God of the Universe. I hear fellow believers comment, “The worship was great this morning.” Sometimes I ask, “What was it that made it great?” Varied responses can include, “I really liked the song choices;” “The pastor was extra funny;” “It wasn’t too loud;” or “It was loud and powerful.” If worship is supposed to be about God, then for me, great worship means that I was able to deeply connect with God and express to Him how great HE is, how much I fear Him, how much I love Him, how grateful I am to Him. I cannot express these kinds of thoughts and emotions to someone I do not know.

I have come to the place where a great worship experience for me can only happen if it flows out of an ongoing, intimate, daily relationship and encounter with Father God, Jesus the Son and the indwelling Holy Spirit. If every moment of my day is filled with connection with the living God, I can hardly wait for times of worship to tell my precious Lord how awesome He is. For me, that’s great worship!

John Tebay

John Tebay