Day 1

What Is Worship?

Deuteronomy 6:13-14, Isaiah 40:18-31, Matthew 14:22-33, Joshua 24:14-15, John 4:21-24

BY Amanda Bible Williams

I was five years old, standing with my mom and brother in a pew near the front of the sanctuary. We were singing a hymn and I had my eyes closed, my hands held in front of me with my palms facing up as if carrying an invisible tray. This is my earliest memory of worship.

I didn’t know to call it that. I was just responding to the reality of who God showed Himself to be. Somehow—maybe through the Scripture read from the pulpit or a truth proclaimed in that hymn, or maybe through whispers from the Holy Spirit to my heart—I caught a glimpse of God, big and strong and holy, but also good and loving. I felt connected to Him, like I knew Him and He knew me. It didn’t matter that I was small; I knew right then that I was His, and my heart responded in kind.

That moment in my memory marks the beginning of a lifelong journey of worship, of learning to respond to God with all of myself. There are times this resembles that day in the church pew, my heart swelling in worship as the pipe organ plays and the congregation sings. More often it takes a subtler form, a different shape of surrender for each circumstance and season. Sometimes my worship is misplaced; like a train without tracks, I give my awe and reverence to something other than my Creator.

Scripture makes it clear that we are to worship nothing and no one other than the one true God. He is the only one worthy of our worship.

“To whom will you compare me,
or who is my equal?” asks the Holy One.
Look up and see!
Who created these?
He brings out the stars by number;
he calls all of them by name.
Because of his great power and strength,
not one of them is missing.”
–Isaiah 40:25–26

But if worship is indeed more than singing on Sunday morning, what is it? Jesus told the Samaritan woman at the well that true worshipers worship “in Spirit and in truth” (John 4:23). How do we worship with a heart tuned to the Spirit of the Lord and tethered to the truth of His Word?

These are the questions we will explore in this study of what it means to worship God. Each day we will read about an aspect of worship from Scripture, spending time reflecting on what it looks like in our lives. While these two weeks will not give us an exhaustive look at the topic of worship in the Bible, our prayer is that we’ll walk away with a fuller understanding of what “worship in spirit and in truth” means for us and the God who made us.

Like that little girl with hands stretched out, I am still learning how to worship. Join me as we learn together, and may our lives reflect more of God’s goodness and glory as a result.

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157 thoughts on "What Is Worship?"

  1. Darian Iske says:

    Worship opens up the heavens and is how God talks to me. He has given me visions as I worship Him. I want to draw closer to Him through this study of worship

  2. Bristee Bostick says:

    I’ve just started praying and asking God to really refine what worship to Him means and looks like. I know in my head that it’s so much more than Sunday mornings in church, more than corporate worship. But I have a hard time connecting that in a practical way with my day to day life, sometimes. Very excited to dive in deep with this and very thankful for these resources to help me go deeper in His word!

  3. Deborah Brookins says:

    Worship, I find that I’ve been a worshiper most of my days. Especially when I was a thing girl. I’d lay in the back yard in the plush grass and gaze into the clouds and talk to God, not knowing that He was real and heard me. I think it was because of my parents choice to raise us in a faith that seemed foreign to me, I didn’t care to seek Him or understand He was one that would communicate with me. Hallelujah for that day of reconciliation!
    I worship Him as I do my job caring for others. I had taught my children and still as they are adults we communicate our growth and share experiences with the Lord. Worship to me is giving of yourself, finances, prayer, helping and loving others, being obedient to His Word, sharing the Gospel, my favorite is singing to my Lord. I’ll even take segments of the oldies and hum a tune to my Lord.
    I’m excited to learn and grow in this.
    Blessings to you all.

  4. Leslie Green-Starr says:

    Amen! I’m ready to dive in deep:)

  5. Mikayla Andrews says:

    I started leading worship at my church and I have felt lately like we’re just going through motions. Reading the post about who this woman first remembers worship hit me. I was saved at a camp at least 10 years ago and I remember feeling God and the sun on me. It’s hard to describe but I can still see myself sitting there crying and handing my life over to Him. Amazing how He can communicate in such simple ways. I hope this study brings me back to a spot where worship isn’t just going through motions for my church.

  6. Shemieka Berry says:

    Looking forward to this study. Awesome

  7. Cameron Burroughs says:

    I love this!

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