God-centered Worship

by Mr. Sean Finnegan on June 19, 2005
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God Centered Worship

We are created for the purpose of worshiping God. Isaiah 43:7, 21 The worship of God is the purpose for the kingdom. Isaiah 60:21; 61:3

Broad or general usage of the word "worship":

Our English word, "worship," means worthship, denoting the worthiness of an individual to receive special honor in accordance with that worth. The principle biblical terms, the Hebrew saha and the Greek proskyneo emphasize the act of prostration, the doing of obeisance [bowing in respect](Wycliffe Dictionary of Theology).

- REVERE, REVERENCE, VENERATE, WORSHIP, ADORE mean to honor and admire profoundly and respectfully.

- REVERE stresses deference and tenderness of feeling .

- REVERENCE presupposes an intrinsic merit and inviolability in the one honored and a corresponding depth of feeling in the one honoring .

- VENERATE implies a holding as holy or sacrosanct because of character, association, or age .

- WORSHIP implies homage usually expressed in words or ceremony .

- ADORE implies love and stresses the notion of an individual and personal attachment --Merriam Webster's Online Dictionary

(Scripture References: Genesis 18:2; 33:3; 49:8; 1 Samuel 25:23; 2 Samuel 14:2; 1 Kings 1:31; 2 Kings 4:32; Esther 8:3; Matthew 18:26; Revelation 3:9)

Narrow usage:

- Worship is "homage rendered to God which it is sinful (idolatry) to render to any created being. Such worship was refused by Peter (Acts 10:25 and 26) and by an angel (Revelations 22:8 and 9)" according to Easton's Revised Bible Dictionary.

- "No injury to God compares with the denial of his uniqueness and the transfer to another of the recognition due to him. In this light must be understood his references to himself as a jealous God" - Wycliffe Dictionary of Theology.

- God is Jealous: Exodus 20:5; 34:14; Deuteronomy 4:24; 5:9

- Jesus' teaching on worship: John 4:19-24; Matthew 4:8-10

Worship should be God focused not self-focused(Rev 4:1-11; 7:9-12; 14:6-7; 15:1-4).

In order to adore, reverence, venerate, and worship Yahweh we must know Who He is and what He has done (Psalms 95-99).

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