Essay on Worship in The Old and New Testament

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Introduction

Worship is a topic that appears frequently in the Old and New Testament and that is still very relevant to believers today. Many Biblical authors write about worship and the various ways believers worship God in the Bible. Everything from the book of Psalm, where every line leads believers to praise God because of his attributes and his works of salvation, to the Gospels that cause believers to praise God because of the works and sacrifice of His Son, Jesus. The aim of this paper will seek to find out how worship in the book of Psalms shapes our theology and definition of worship, while also determining the primary purpose of worship, whether to praise God for who he is, or what he’s done for believers.
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Definition

The first step to understanding a proper Biblical theology of worship is to define the Biblical meaning of worship. The Greek word for worship, προσκυνεο, means; “to pay homage to, or literally, to ascribe worth to some person or thing, whether in order to express respect or to make supplication.” 2 Webster’s Dictionary defines worship as: “the act of showing respect and love for a god especially by praying with other people who believe in the same god.” 3 Those varied definitions provide a good base definition of worship, but a more Biblical definition is still required. While a very important aspect of worship, especially in the Psalms, is musical worship, there are certainly other important forms of worship. Biblical worship includes several other categories in addition to musical worship. Worship involves every aspect of the life of the believer, as there are eight different forms of worship written about in Scripture. 1). Jesus says that a time is coming where people will worship the Father in “spirit and truth.” (John 4:23-24) 2). (2 Chronicles 5:13) 1 demonstrates praise and thanksgiving. 3). The third form of worship is through songs, as we see with all of the Psalms. 4). (Psalms 150:4) says to praise the Lord with dancing. 3 5). Fifth is observing feasts in remembrance of God’s work. In the Old Testament the Jewish people observed many feasts in remembrance of