A STUDY ON WORSHIP

BY:  CHARLES W. WELLER

Worship, the word, is first used in Genesis 18:2 and translated as “bowed” in the KJV but the first time it is used as the word “worship” in the KJV is found in Genesis 22:5. 

Genesis 18:2 And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed <07812> himself  toward the ground.  

Genesis 22:5: And Abraham said to his young men ‘Stay here with the donkey, and I and the lad will go yonder; and we will worship and return unto you. 

7812 hx’v’ shachah {shaw-khaw’}  •  a primitive root; verb translated as  – worship 99, bow 31, bow down 18, obeisance 9, reverence 5, fall down 3, themselves 2, stoop 1,  crouch 1, miscellaneous 3,172 times it means: to bow down, to depress, to bow down, prostrate  oneself before superior in homage, before God in worship or before false gods or before angel   

Psalm 22:27 All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.

Psalm 22:29 All they that be fat upon earth shall eat and worship: all they that go down to the dust  shall bow before him: and none can keep alive his own soul.

It is worthy to note that the Psalm of the cross, Psalm 22, states that all the ends of the earth will worship and bow down before God. Not one will be lost. As the shepherd has the 99, he goes and seeks the last one and saves it too. All creation will sing Hosanna. 

Psalm 81:9 There shall no strange god be in thee; neither shalt thou worship any strange god. 

There shall be no strange God in us, within our being, as He has so graciously saved us. He delivers, sanctifies, justifies, redeems and sets us in heavenly places with Him. What can we do, but worship? 

Psalm 95:6 O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.  

In the New Testament, the word ‘worship’ first occurs in Matthew 2:2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. 

4352 proskune,w proskuneo {pros-koo-neh’-o}  •  from 4314 and a probable derivative of 2965 (meaning to kiss, like a dog licking his master’s hand); verb translated as  worship 60 times; 1) to kiss the hand to (towards) one, in token of reverence 2) among the Orientals, esp. the Persians, to fall  upon the knees and touch the ground with the forehead as an expression of profound reverence 3) in the NT  by kneeling or prostration to do homage (to one) or make obeisance, whether in order to express respect or  to make supplication used of homage shown to men and beings of superior rank or to the Jewish high  priests or to God or to Christ or to heavenly beings or to demons   

Matthew 2:8-11 Wise men brought gifts to worship Jesus. Matthew 4:9 Satan wants the same worship.

The carnal mind, will, desires and emotions of the flesh, the god of self, seeks the same worship that should be given to God, the Creator. Beware the leaven of the Pharisees, that place worship as a church service, song singing, liturgy. For those things become the things worshipped and desired. The religious nature is profane. 

Matthew 8:2, 9:18, 14:23, 15:25, 20:20, 28:9  All worshipped before Him before any request – recognizing His Nature and their need. 

John 4:23-24 Worship in spirit and truth. There is worship only if you know Who He is and that your life is hid in Him. 

Revelation 4:10, 5:14 Jesus recognized His place before God. He subjected Himself to God. These living creatures (saints who know they live and move and have their being in Him) fell and worshipped before Him because they were in the same nature as Jesus as they stood in the presence of the Father. 

Rev. 22:9  Worship God and not man. Even an angel, a divine messenger, a brother in Christ who was both in this case recognizes that only God can be worshipped. Even a saint who knows that he or she is in the nature of God cannot take any glory of his/her position because of God Who gave him or her that standing. 

Our state of being is to be worship

Romans 12:1 in the Amplified Bible states it is our ‘spiritual worship’ to be a living sacrifice. 

Romans 12:1 2999 latrei,a latreia {lat-ri’-ah}  •  from 3000; translated as – service 4, divine service 1; the service of God

3000 latreu,w latreuo {lat-ryoo’-o} translated as: serve 16, worship 3, do the service 1, worshipper 1; used 21 times.  To serve, minister to, either to the gods or men and used alike of slaves and freemen.  In the NT, to render religious service or homage, to worship or to perform sacred services, to offer gifts, to worship God in the observance of the rites instituted for his worship or of priests, to officiate, to discharge the sacred office.   

Worship is done out of spontaneity and not a code or law. It is a harvest of the Spirit, a result of a spiritual life, a fruit of a life that loves God not the flesh. 

Romans 8:11-14 Concordant Literal translation reads: Now if the Spirit of Him Who rouses Jesus from among the dead is making its home in you, He who rouses Christ Jesus from among the dead will also be vivifying your mortal bodies because of His Spirit making its home in you.  Consequently, then, brethren, debtors are we, not to the flesh, to be living in accord with the flesh, for if you are in accord with flesh, you are about to be dying. Yet if, in spirit you are putting the practices of the body to death, you will be living. For whoever are being led by God’s Spirit, these are the sons of God. 

We are a living – Our body is ‘vivified’ or ‘quickened’ – sacrifice. Dead sacrifices no longer work. Trying to please God or man by works, by self-efforts, by penance, seeking affirmation and approval of others for doing the right things, is a dead sacrifice. None of these ‘dead’ things are approved by God, but are acceptable by man. 

The one Who lives in us is Christ Jesus. We have been raised with Him. We have set down in heavenly places with Him. It is He who is a praise to God and our life is hid with Christ in God. What worship is there? What worship can there be? Only true worship. Worship is Christ who is our life. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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