Come, let us worship and bow down…

“Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.” Psalms 95:6-7a

As we transition our focus toward Praise and Worship I want to take a few minutes to focus in on what it means to worship God. In the Bible there are 3 Hebrew words and 2 Greek words that translate “worship.”

The first Hebrew word for worship – cagad – means, “to fall prostrate before.’ In the ancient world this was a mark of humility. When we fall prostrate before God we are saying that God has all the authority of life and death.

The second Hebrew word – shachah – means, “to bow in reverence of.” This is a sign of respect before a lord or king.” When we worship God we bow down before the Lord of all lords and the King of all kings. He is worthy of our honor and respect.

The third Hebrew word – atsab – means, “to fabricate or fashion.” This type of worship means to use our skills and abilities for the glory of God.

The first Greek word – doxa – means, “to glorify based on excellent character.” When we worship we acknowledge the person and character of God. We show dignity to God based upon who He is.

The second Greek word – eusebeo – means, “to respect or give reverence to.” We show God the respect He alone deserves as creator and savior.

May we learn to worship God in a manner worthy of who He is.

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