What does it mean to “worship” God?
We hear this term on days like Today (celebration/remembrance of Yeshua rising from death).
- the feeling/expression of reverence/adoration for a deity; "the worship of God"
- the acts/rites making up formal expressions of reverence for a deity
- religious ceremony; "the church was opened for public worship"
- adoration/devotion comparable to religious homage; "our society’s worship of teenagers"
from Old English weorthscipe ‘worthiness, acknowledgment of worth’
“Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that You are a prophet. Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”
“Woman,” Yeshua replied, “believe Me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is Spirit, and His worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When He comes, He will explain everything to us.”
Then Yeshua declared, “I, the One speaking to you—I Am He.”
- John 4: 19-26
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will.
- Romans 12: 1-2