Worship is a word that Christians use every day, sometimes multiple times a day. What is worship? The dictionary defines worship as “the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for a deity.” Some synonyms include reverence, adoration, and exaltation. This definition is decent, but I believe there is so much more to worshipping the one true God. The word “worship” is derived from an old English word “weorþscipe,” which means worship, worthiness, or worth-ship. Essentially, it is to give worth to something. True worship depends on a right mental grasp of who God really is. Of course we cannot entirely comprehend God, but we can understand that He is true. Worship also depends on a right heart grasp of God’s supreme value. Since …show more content…
Moses rejoices to God in song. We do not worship today because we have to, but because we should want to. Just as God delivered the Israelites from harm, He also delivers us from harm every day, and He gives us salvation. This should give us joy, thankfulness, and willingness to praise God – not because of anything that we did, but because of what He did for us. We see this command clearly in Psalm 98:1 which says, “Oh sing to the Lord a new song, for He has done marvelous things! His right hand and His holy arm have worked salvation for him.”
Who is worship for?
Singing in church can be very enjoyable. The music portion of a worship service is many people’s favorite part. It is easy to think about how the music should sound and what the most popular worship songs are. However, thinking like this makes worship about the people. Psalm 96 says, “Oh sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth!” This verse specifically says to sing to the Lord. Psalm 100 also uses similar language, “Know that the Lord, He is God! It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, the sheep of His
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The Bible informs us that as they sung and praised God the Moabite armies became disoriented and began to fight one another. Perhaps this is why we schedule the choirs and praise teams to minister before the preached Word. Singing spiritual hymns to God will soften the hearts and prepare our minds for what God has to say to us. Once our hearts are “plowed” or softened we can receive with joy the assignments or correction God will give to us.
Chapter 4 “Greek Words for Praise and Worship” In the previous chapter definitions for the words ‘praise’ and ‘worship’ were given. Next to help get a better understanding of the type of praise and worship used in the New Testament, I will now analyse the original Greek words used. Greek words for ‘praise’ • AINESIS - refers to praising with a thanks offering. Ainesis has only one translation in the New Testament and this is praise.
To participate in worship, a person must have a relationship with God. In other words, how can a person worship someone he/she does not know or experienced. To obtain that link an individual must become a part of the body of Christ by accepting Jesus as their personal Savior and surrender their will for God's will and plans for their life. They must also have had an encounter with God as Saul on the Damascus road and David with his many issues. However, music has a multipurpose, it drives away evil spirits, calms the mind, and drives a person toward the love and warmth of Christ.
Worship is the primary action of the church. Those who are part of it assemble together to sing, pray, remember Christ, listen to the Scriptures, and contribute to the Lord’s causes (Acts 2:42, 47; 1 Cor. 16:1-2). It is one of the church’s primary purposes, and it is crucial for its worship to be in harmony with the Scriptures. In Lutheranism, worship is a spiritual exercise that outwardly expresses itself as an acceptance of God’s gift to humans (Jacobs 551). Lutherans
Worship music what is it really for and is there such of thing as good or bad Worship music. Donald Williams In his Touchstone magazine article, “Durable Hymns,” Williams notes that there have been wars over music almost as long as there’s been a church. Williams says we should study the music of the past to “learn the criteria by which to discern what is worthy in the present.” I agree that we need to look in the past but we need to be careful with that too just like today music written log ago had music that was of poor quality too. One hymn I that stuck with me through my teens is “you are my all in all” by Dennis Jernigan. This song is rooted in biblical truth (You are my strength when I am weak…When I fall down you pick me up), theological
It’s no wonder that God commands us to do it. Numerous places throughout scripture, from Psalms to Isaiah to Revelation, God commands his people to sing a new song to Him. One of those places where we see this command is in Psalm 96. The psalmist writes in verse 1 of that Psalm - “Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord all the earth.” It was never God’s intention for us to sing just one song or a collection of songs from a
The word praise, from Old French and Latin, means to praise someone, to glorify and extol through song or compliments and dedication. Praising the Lord is an ocean of feelings at once. Praising the Lord is expecting a song and acquiring a torrential downpour of adoration and acceptance; everything pales in comparison.
It is said in the Bible that no man can see God’s face since the person who sees Him will die, as well as God has said it himself no idol should be made in any form, thus there has not been a clear images, or any status of God; yet many Catholic and Christian churches nowadays put up the status of Jesus’s crucifixion and pray to it. However, there are some churches that follow what is said in the Bible, one form of those churches is “Recovery Church.” Since God is invisible, Recovery Church worships God by singing, calling on Jesus Christ’s name, and reading Bible and materials that are written to crysitalize the underlying meanings of the Bible. Songs that are made for religions are called Hymn; some of the tunes are shared among different kind of churches, some are unique for recovery churches since those are composed by the members within the church. Lyrics are usually originated from the lyrics writers in the church; if not, some lines are edited, deleted, or re-written if the words used in the hymns do not follow the Recovery Version Bible. Couple hymns will be quoted to explain how God is portrayed in Recovery Church’s hymns, and how are those hymns keeping the
Another passage that helps to make up my Biblical boundary is I Chronicles 16. This chapter tells the story of King David bringing the ark of the covenant to the city of Jerusalem. The king ordered some of the Levites to play music to “Thank and praise the LORD God” (I Chronicles 16:4). In this passage, I find the purpose of my music should be to praise and glorify the Lord. The purpose of today’s secular musicians’ songs is self-promotion and financial gain. The music that I listen to should be that which praises God and give glory to the Lord. Praise is simply telling God something that He already knows but telling Him anyway because of our love for Him.
The instruction to make music in worship moves beyond the Levites alone (Foley, 1992) and stretches into the whole body of Israel. Frame (1996:111) says ‘Scripture plainly teaches that God’s people are not only to speak, but also to sing, the truth of God (eg. 1 Chron. 16:9; Ps. 33:2-3; Col. 3:16).’ This last verse demonstrates how the mandate for music has carried on through to the New Covenant people of God.
“Worship is… our response, both personal and corporate, to God – for who He is! And what He has done! Expressed in and by the things we say and the way we live.” There are many definitions of worship out there. I have found that this one seems to best fit my heart when praying through the topic of worship. Worship is something that begins in the heart, privately, and then flows out during times of public and corporate gathering. Worship however, is something far deeper than music, dance, art, or drama. Worship is more than fine arts. Worship is more than Sunday morning gatherings or Wednesday night small groups. Worship is life. Worship is something you do. “Worship isn’t something you attend like a movie or a concert. Worship is something you enter into with all of your might. Worship is a participation sport in a spectator culture.” “True worship is a whole-life response to God’s greatness and glory. A response that taps our mind, our soul, out heart of passion and all our strength.”
The author, James B. Torrance writes concerning the distinction between two views of worship. One of the views of worship is called the Unitarian view. The Unitarian view is the common practice of several churches. It is considered a religious concept of human wisdom, worship to God. These concepts include, going to church, singing psalms and hymns to God, interceding for the world, listen to a sermon, offering money, time and talents to God. After all, these actions of worship are simply part of traditions, without the substance Jesus Christ’s redemption. It is in a sense going through the motion, without the relevance of the Holy Spirit.
Worship comes in different forms depending on how the church wants the service to proceed. For the Amazing Grace Church, the service began with the congregation singing a number of worship songs to the Lord that lasted for about an hour. Christian praise and worship by music, and in fact, music is a great tool for helping them feel closer to God. Music is an emotional language because it effectively affects their emotions and the lyrics can swell their hearts. There is nothing bigger and greater than the grace of God that is delivered to them from condemnation through the sacrifice of his own Son. Thus, Christian chooses to praise and worship Him by singing. While singing, the congregation stands on their feet and they seem to be affected by the songs in some way as they raise their hands as a sign of accepting the Lord into their hearts. The emotion that was thrown from the congregation was very distinctive to us as we could see that the songs are an important tool of expression. According to the pastor of the Amazing Grace Church, singing let the people focus on the worship, helps them respond to God’s grace and also guide them to reflect on God’s glory. In his opinion, singing mean nothing if people do not respond to what they have sang and related it to God and reflect it to make them better believers.
Reflecting upon the readings of Torrance’s Worship, Community, and the Triune God of Grace and White’s Introduction to Christian Worship will deeply shape how I look at worship in the churches I now order worship for the congregations. I used one of the churches in which I serve to do the Order of Worship assignment. It is a blue collar, small membership church located in a rural, retirement/ vacation area of North Carolina, Lake Gaston. It is also predominately Caucasian. Torrance’s focus is on trinitarian worship, participating in Christ’s communion with God, the Father and Christ’s life, death, and resurrection through the power of the Holy Spirit. And White’s focus is to look at how the forms used in worship give worship its meaning. These forms include but are not exclusive of, time, space, music and art. There are implications for both focuses in the order of worship for the congregation used for my order of worship.