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Monday, March 24, 2008

What is worship?

Worship is just singing songs to God, right? I don't think so.

If I remember correctly, there are at least 2 words for worship in scripture. One is proskuneo (Greek). Vines defines it, "to make obeisance, do reverence to (from pros, 'towards,' and kuneo, 'to kiss')" This is like when you approach a king, bow and kiss his hand. It's an act of explicit adoration and worship.

The other work is latrueo (Greek) and it speaks of the idea of service. Vines defines it, "to serve, to render religious service or homage." It shows that service and worship are two sides of the same coin. It's used in Rom 12:1 and speaks to this idea that worship is life.

Hebrews 13:15-16 does a beautiful job of showing both of these kinds of worship together.

"Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased."

Notice the first type of worship in the phrase, "a sacrifice of praise--the fruit of lips". Then notice that the second part is seen as indispensable, "Do not forget to do good and to share with others."

Some of us like to sing praises to God all day--but we are lazy when it comes to serving others. Others of us like to be busy serving the Lord but are bored singing praises to God or slow to just give God praise verbally throughout the day. Perhaps this verse will remind us that both are not only appropriate but necessary to please God who is worthy.

What do you think? What else should we think about when we consider worship? Who do we worship? Why? How often? Where? Give me some help here.