Word Definition: Worship
To reverance, homage, and adore. To exalt, deify, revere and venerate. To admire excessively by devotion, to idolize.
#4352 proskuneo (pros-koo-neh'-o); (meaning to kiss, like a dog licking his master's hand); to fawn or crouch to, i.e. (literally or figuratively) prostrate oneself in homage (do reverence to, adore)
In Spirit and in Truth
Worshipping God "in spirit and in truth" means with reverence, attentiveness, with an knowledge of what we are doing and having the right purpose of honoring God. "...let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire." (Hebrews 12:28-29). Our worship must be to the glory of God. "For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's." (1 Corinthians 6:20)
To worship God in spirit and in truth, we must take time before worship to make ready our hearts and emotions so we will be in the proper frame of mind. We should never rush into worship, rather come with our hearts in a worshipful attitude and spirit. We must come before God ready, attentive, and open to the leadership of His Spirit.
Great reverence and respect to God will open the channel to true worship, we will not then be indifferent or take lightly that which should be considered serious. Worship to God is holy in the utmost, therefore our whole character in worship must be holy towards God. "Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:" (1 Peter 1:16-17). True worship requires an active participation with a heart filled with love and devotion to God.
Reverence is not having a glazed look, folded hands, or a great pretense of piety, but rather a simple, humble love for God. True worship is a time of genuine thanks, adoration, love, praying, and singing praises to God, reading His word, and proclaiming Christ to the world. Worship is an every day attitude towards God in thought, motivation, and in action.
True worship is a lifestyle of heartfelt love, devotion and passion for God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service." Romans 12:1
God's Word is full of great examples of various forms of true worship to God:
Glorify God Psalms 29:2, I Chronicles 16:2
Exalt God Psalms 99:5, Deuteronomy 10:17
Praise God Psalms 22:3, Psalms 8,19,23,46,95,100,150
Honor God I Samuel 2:30
Reverence for God Psalms 95:6, Nehemiah 8:6, Hebrews 5:7
Bless God Psalms 100:4, Psalms 31:21, Nehemiah 8:6
Give Thanks to God Psalms 100:4, I Thessalonians 5:16-18
Rejoice & Joy in God Philippians 4:4, I Thes. 5:16-18, II Corinthians 6:4-10
Verbal Testimony Nehemiah 8:6, Psalms 66:16-20
Remember the Acts of God Psalms 150:2, Deuteronomy 5:15
Songs of Worship Psalms 100:2, Psalms 66:4
Worship Music Psalms 100:1, Psalms 150:3-5
Lift Up Hands Nehemiah 8:6, Psalms 63:4
Reverently Read the Word Nehemiah 8:3,5, Psalms 19:7-11
Serve God with a Right Heart Psalms 100:2, Colossians 3:23
Seek to Know God Psalms 63:1-4, James 4:8, Psalm 84:1-2, Philippians 3:7-11
Humble Yourself Before God II Chronicles 7:14, Exodus 33:13, I Peter 5:6
Support God's Work Psalms 66:13-15, Malachi 3
Honor the Sabbath Day Nehemiah 8:9, Exodus 20:8-11
Celebrate the Lord Nehemiah 8:10, Luke 2:10
Walk in Obedience Psalms 101:1-3, I John 5:3, John 14:15
Jesus our First Love Revelation 2:1-4
Surrender unto God Matthew 16:24-25, Romans 12:1-2, Luke 9:23
Give Your Life to God John 15:13-15, Galatians 2:20, Philippians 1:21