2. The Verses
1. The Fact of Worship
Each of these pages form part of a series of Worship Seminars. To that
end we hope that they will be used to stimulate worship and not merely
On this introductory page we will look at some basic verses about worship
to establish what it is.
In following pages we'll expand our view of what the Bible says and
look at more verses from the Old and New Testaments respectively and
then we'll start considering the subject more widely, including modern
practices and things we could all aim for.
If you are concerned about New Testament practices you may wish to go
directly to Page 5 which considers 1 Corinthians 14 gatherings, or if
you wish to consider basic ways of expressing meaningful worship using
the Old Testament model, go directly to Page 6. These first pages seek
to consider a wide range of verses from Old & New Testaments in
order to focus on just what worship is.
To start with, here, we'll take five sets of verses and draw some simple
conclusions to start our study of what the Bible has to say about worship.
2. The Verses
Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain
and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendour. "All
this I will give you," he said, "if you will bow down and
worship me." Jesus said to him, "Away
from me, Satan! For it is written: 'Worship the Lord
your God, and serve him only.'"
1. Satan sought worship from Jesus.
2. Jesus maintained it could only be given to God
3. Most commentators suggest Jesus is quoting the sense of Deut 6:13,
but that starts out: “Fear the Lord your God”
4. It is suggested therefore, that worship is about awesome reverence
for God .
Then the LORD came down in the cloud and stood
there with him and proclaimed his name, the LORD. And he passed in front
of Moses, proclaiming, "The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and
gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining
love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet
he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and
their children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation."
Moses bowed to the ground at once and worshiped.
1. The Lord revealed Himself to Moses and Moses' instinctive response
was to bow and worship
2. These were signs of reverential acceptance of God's greatness and
2 Chron 20:18
Jehoshaphat bowed with his face to the ground,
and all the people of Judah and Jerusalem fell down in worship before
1. Prophetic revelation of God's strategy to deliver them, had come.
2. The automatic response was to bow and worship.
3. Again signs of reverential acceptance of God's greatness and goodness
2 Chron 29:28
The whole assembly bowed in worship
, while the singers sang and the trumpeters played. All this continued
until the sacrifice of the burnt offering was completed.
1. There are some interesting elements to this verse.
2. The whole people bowed in worship.
3. While they did that others contributed other aspects of the worship:
singers sang – word music to declare God's greatness
musicians played – to provide the backing
others sacrificed – the offerings to God presented on the people's
4. Thus we see that although worship is specifically bowing before and
acknowledging God's sovereign greatness, worship may be accompanied
by other things that contribute towards that awareness.
Come, let us bow down in worship,
let us kneel before the LORD our Maker;
1. Here is worship spelt out as simply as possible: bowing down, kneeling
2. Why? Because He is our Maker. He is sovereign, He is all-mighty,
He is the Lord.
3. To worship is to have a right response to who God is .
From what we've noted above, we have said that worship:
- is about awesome reverence for God,
- of God's greatness and superiority or
- of God's greatness and goodness and
- may be accompanied by other things that contribute towards that awareness
- is having a right response to who God is.