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What is Worship?

Is there anything you are really passionate about? How do you express your passion? What do you think worship is?

Some Definitions

1. Australian Pocket Oxford Dictionary: a. noun – (acts, rites or ceremonies of) homage or service paid to God, adoration felt or shown for a person or principle; b. verb – adore as divine, honour with religious rites, idolize or regard with adoration, attend public worship, be full of adoration.
2. Worship is the activity of glorifying God in his presence with our voices and hearts. We come into God’s presence in conscious adoration of God. [ Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology, (IVP 1994), p1003.]
3. Worship is “the dramatic celebration of God in His supreme worth, in such a manner that his ‘worthiness’ becomes the norm and inspiration of human living.” [Ralph P Martin, International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volume IV, (Eerdmans, 1988), p.1118.]
4. Worship is “the response of the creature to the eternal, an acknowledgement of Transcendence.” [E Underhill, Worship, 3rd Ed., 1937, ch.1]
5. Worship is “the act of freely giving love to God.” [John Wimber]
6. Old English “weorth scipe” – worthship, worthiness. We offer reverent devotion and service to God.

Worship is what God deserves

God is the greatest being in existence. He’s the best. Only God is worthy of our worship. No one else is worthy.
You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honour and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being
Revelation 4.11
God jealously guards his own honour. Isaiah 48.11 says, “My glory I will not give to another.”
Worship is for God alone. Our ‘worship services’ should be carefully designed to call attention to him, not to us. (1 Peter 4.11) Are you doing anything to get glory for yourself? Watch out!

Worship is what we were designed to do

We were made for worship. Question one in an old Christian training manual asks, ‘What is the chief end of man?’ The answer: ‘To glorify God and fully to enjoy him forever.’
Worship is our ultimate purpose for living. We were made for God’s glory. (Isaiah 43.6-7; Ephesians 1.12)
God’s ultimate purpose is to gather a humungous crowd of worshippers from every tribe and nation before his throne. (Isaiah 2.2-4; 25.6-8; 49.22; 66.18-21 cf. Jeremiah 48.47; 49.6,39, Revelation 7.9-12)

Mission exists because worship doesn’t

Even though we are designed to worship, once we are saved, God calls us to serve in his mission: we are called to help God gather in a humungous crowd of worshippers from every tribe, language and nation (Revelation 7.9).
Mission exists because worship doesn’t. One day, the glory of the Lord will cover the earth as the waters cover the sea. That day hasn’t come yet, so God calls us to join his mission of gathering more worshippers.

About Worship

Some teaching on worship:
Worship – what does it look like?
Undignified worship
The place of music in worship

Worship Resources


Current Worship Songs
"O Praise the Name" Hillsong

"No Longer Strangers" Vineyard

"Build My Life" Housefires

"What A Beautiful Name It Is" Hillsong

"Your Grace Finds Me" Matt Redman

"Good Good Father" Housefires

"Build your Kingdom Here"  The Rend Collective

"You Have Won Me"  Bethel

"He Is Yahweh" Vineyard

"10,000 Reasons"  Matt Redman

"Set a Fire"  Will Reagan & United Pursuit

"Love Came Down" Bethel

"Walk in the Promise" Jeremy Riddle 


Homegrown Worship

Links/downloads/charts of homegrown worship from the Australian Vineyard Worship community...

JESUS LEAD ME ON - Vineyard Worship Australia

WHERE YOU ARE - Northridge Vineyard Evening Community

FOR UNTO US A CHILD IS BORN - Vineyard Worship Australia


Worship – what does it look like?
Undignified worship
The place of music in worship