“Lift Your Voice (Worship Scriptures)”
Additional information about the above quotation (shared by the authors of this blog):
The “image bearing” term likely refers to the fact that we (human beings) are created in the image of God, according to Genesis 1:26.
Here is another scripture referring to our “image bearing”:
* Some translations of this scripture use the word “likeness”.
The god of this age (Satan) has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. ~ II Corinthians 4:4
Here’s some insight on the word “take” used in Genesis 20:7:
“So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31 New Living Translation (©2007)
The sooner you recognize God in everything you do, the sooner you will be able to worship Him in everything you do. And that will be the best life you could ever imagine. Not my word, but God’s!
Definitions of the word worship from 3 sources:
/ˈwɜrʃɪp/worship/ [wur-ship]: noun, verb; -shiped, -ship·ing or ( especially British ) -shipped, -ship·ping.
10. to feel an adoring reverence or regard.
– Definition source #1, above, from Dictionary.com, Unabridged, Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2012
– Definitiion source #2. below, from the same website with a different dictionary
|— vb , ( US ) -ships , -shipping , -shipped , -ships , -shiping , -shiped|
|1.||( tr ) to show profound religious devotion and respect to; adore or venerate (God or any person or thing considered divine)|
|2.||( tr ) to be devoted to and full of admiration for|
|3.||( intr ) to have or express feelings of profound adoration|
|4.||( intr ) to attend services for worship|
|5.||obsolete ( tr ) to honour|
|6.||religious adoration or devotion|
|7.||the formal expression of religious adoration; rites, prayers, etc|
|8.||admiring love or devotion|
|9.||archaic dignity or standing|
|[Old English weorthscipe, from worth 1 +-ship]|
|— n (preceded by Your, His, or Her )|
|chiefly ( Brit ) a title used to address or refer to a mayor, magistrate, or a person of similar high rank|
homage rendered to God which it is sinful (idolatry) to render to any created being (Ex. 34:14; Isa. 2:8). Such worship was refused by Peter (Acts 10:25,26) and by an angel (Rev. 22:8,9).
broadly defined, the response to the appearance of that which is accepted as the holy-that is, to a sacred, transcendent power or being. Characteristic modes of response to the holy include cultic acts of all kinds: ritual drama, prayers of many sorts, dancing, ecstatic speech, veneration of various persons and objects, sermons, silent meditation, and sacred musicand song. Also included in worship are acts of private response: spoken or unspoken prayers, silence, the assumption of particular postures, ritual acts and gestures, and individual acts of veneration of persons or objects.
* Note: Links provided have been researched, compiled, and added to the respective quotations by C. Boyd for this blog post
“Worship is the believer’s response of all that they are – mind, emotions, will, body – to what God is and says and does.” -Warren Wiersbe
“Worship of the living and true God is essentially an engagement with Him on the terms that He proposes and in the way that He alone makes possible.” -David Peterson (from this book: http://www.amazon.com/Engaging-God-Biblical-Theology-Worship/dp/0830826971/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1334811456&sr=1-1 ) Also, http://www.davidgpeterson.com
“True worship is when a person, through their person, attains intimacy and friendship with God.” -William Temple
“If worship leaders only worship when they lead, they are not worshippers. They are mere musicians.” -Bill Johnson
http://www.bjm.org (Pastor Johnson’s personal ministry website)
“Depend on it, my hearer, you never will go to heaven unless you are prepared to worship Jesus Christ as God.” -Charles Spurgeon
“Surely that which occupies the total time and energies of heaven must be a fitting pattern for earth.” -Paul E. Billheimer
http://crosslifebooks.com/authors_author.php?authorid=14 (brief author’s biography)
“Worship is the correct response to the presence of God.” -Doug Hanley
Worship leader and composer of worship songs http://freshsong.tripod.com/music.html
“To worship God is to admit that we are entirely contrary to Him, and that He is willing to make us like Himself.” -Brother Lawrence
“We pursue God because, and only because, He has first put an urge within us that spurs us to the pursuit.” -A.W. Tozer
“Any man or woman on this earth who is bored and turned off by worship is not ready for heaven.” -A.W. Tozer
“The shortest route to deeper and richer worship is a clearer theology.” -P.D. Manson
Source B, From http://www.worship.com/
- Louie Giglio: Worship is our response, both personal and corporate, to God for who He is, and what He has done; expressed in and by the things we say and the way we live.
- Josh Riley: Worship is everything we think, everything we say, and everything we do, revealing that which we treasure and value most in life.
- John Piper: Worship is what we were created for. This is the final end of all existence-the worship of God. God created the universe so that it would display the worth of His glory. And He created us so that we would see this glory and reflect it by knowing and loving it-with all our heart and soul and mind and strength. The church needs to build a common vision of what worship is and what she is gathering to do on Sunday morning and scattering to do on Monday morning.
- Mark Driscoll: Worship is living our life individually and corporately as continuous living sacrifices to the glory of a person or thing.
- Harold Best: Worship is the sign that in giving myself completely to someone or something, I want to be mastered by it.
- William Temple: Worship is the submission of all our nature to God. It is the quickening of conscience by His holiness; the nourishment of mind with His truth; the purifying of imagination by His Beauty; the opening of the heart to His love; the surrender of will to His purpose – and all of this gathered up in adoration, the most selfless emotion of which our nature is capable and therefore the chief remedy for that self-centeredness which is our original sin and the source of all actual sin.
- David Peterson: Worship of the living and true God is essentially an engagement with him on the terms that he proposes and in the way that he alone makes possible. David Peterson
- Dan Block: Reverential human acts of submission and homage before the divine Sovereign, in response to his gracious revelation of himself, and in accordance with his will.
- John Stott: Christians believe that true worship is the highest and noblest activity of which man, by the grace of God, is capable.
- A.W. Tozer: To great sections of the church the art of worship has been lost entirely, and in its place has come that strange and foreign thing called the ‘program.’ This word has been borrowed from the stage and applied with sad wisdom to the type of public service which now passes for worship among us.
- William Temple: To worship is to quicken the conscience by the holiness of God, to feed the mind with the truth of God, to purge the imagination by the beauty of God, to open the heart to the love of God, to devote the will to the purpose of God.
- William Barclay: The true, the genuine worship is when man, through his spirit, attains to friendship and intimacy with God. True and genuine worship is not to come to a certain place; it is not to go through a certain ritual or liturgy; it is not even to bring certain gifts. True worship is when the spirit, the immortal and invisible part of man, speaks to and meets with God, who is immortal and invisible.
- D. A. Carson: To worship God ‘in spirit and in truth’ is first and foremost a way of saying that we must worship God by means of Christ. In him the reality has dawned and the shadows are being swept away (Hebrews 8:13). Christian worship is new covenant worship; it is gospel-inspired worship; it is Christ-centered worship; it is cross-focused worship.
- John Frame: Redemption is the means; worship is the goal. In one sense, worship is the whole point of everything. It is the purpose of history, the goal of the whole Christian story. Worship is not one segment of the Christian life among others. Worship is the entire Christian life, seen as a priestly offering to God. And when we meet together as a church, our time of worship is not merely a preliminary to something else; rather, it is the whole point of our existence as the body of Christ.
- John Piper: Strong affections for God, rooted in and shaped by the truth of Scripture – this is the bone and marrow of Biblical worship.
NOTE: A FREE “What is Worship?” READER’S THEATER SCRIPT, written by Travis L. Boyd, can be found on our blog at:
“The whole person, with all his senses, with both mind and body, needs to be involved in genuine worship.” Jerry Kerns
“The most valuable thing the Psalms do for me is to express the same delight in God which made David dance.” C.S. Lewis
“When God’s people begin to praise and worship Him using the Biblical methods He gives, the Power of His presence comes among His people in an even greater measure.” Graham Truscott
“God is to be praised with the voice, and the heart should go therewith in holy exultation.” Charles H. Spurgeon
“Without worship, we go about miserable.” A. W. Tozer
“‘A glimpse of God will save you. To gaze at Him will sanctify you.” Manley Beasley
“We only learn to behave ourselves in the presence of God.” C. S. Lewis
Source D: http://www.gotquestions.org
Question: “What is true worship?”
Answer: The Apostle Paul described true worship perfectly in Romans 12:1-2: “I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable, or well pleasing and perfect.”
This passage contains all the elements of true worship. First, there is the motivation to worship: “the mercies of God.” God’s mercies are everything He has given us that we don’t deserve: eternal love, eternal grace, the Holy Spirit, everlasting peace, eternal joy, saving faith, comfort, strength, wisdom, hope, patience, kindness, honor, glory, righteousness, security, eternal life, forgiveness, reconciliation, justification, sanctification, freedom, intercession and much more. The knowledge and understanding of these incredible gifts motivate us to pour forth praise and thanksgiving—in other words, worship! ………..Worship is to glorify and exalt God – to show loyalty and admiration to our Father. *
* NOTE: There are additional paragraphs in the response to this question. For the entire answer to the question “What is True Worship?”, go to http://www.gotquestions.org/trueworship.html
WORSHIP QUOTES FROM VARIOUS SOURCES
Every time you open up your heart in obedience to God and worship Him with all your heart, all your mind, and all your soul, our beautiful Lord responds with His magnificent presence. – Darlene Zschech
Regardless of the method, the act of worship must be in spirit and truth–from our rational consciousness and consistent with the rest of our lives (see John 4:24). We don’t have to be great singers or musicians to worship God. But we do need to be in a personal relationship with Him and live with the truth of His greatness reflecting through all we are becoming and all we do. – Darlene Zschech, from http://www.charismamag.com/index.php/component/content/article/1490-worship/27159-worship-is-more-than-a-song
We must not convey to the world the impression that the worship of our God is a boring, lifeless ritual. We have been redeemed from sin. Let us therefore praise our Creator as His children who are grateful for His bountiful blessings.
Worship means honoring someone that we love. But we can only love someone if we know them in an intimate or personal way. Knowing about a person is different than knowing them personally. As Christians, sometimes we think knowing about God can replace knowing Him intimately through worship. ~ David Jeremiah, from the book Knowing the God You Worship http://www.davidjeremiah.org/shop/p-2992-knowing-the-god-you-worship.aspx
“Above all sing spiritually. Have an eye to God in every word you sing. Aim at pleasing him more than yourself, or any other creature. In order to do this attend strictly to the sense of what you sing, and see that your heart is not carried away with the sound, but offered to God continually; so shall your singing be such as the Lord will approve here, and reward you when he comes in the clouds of heaven.”
– John Wesley, quoted from Select hymns with Tunes Annext: Designed chiefly for the Use of the People Called Methodists
If the pursuit of God’s glory is not ordered above the pursuit of man’s good in the affections of the heart and the priorities of the Church, man will not be well served, and God will not be duly honored. I am not pleading for a diminishing of missions but for a magnifying of God. When the flame of worship burns with the heat of God’s true worth, the light of missions will shine to the darkest peoples on earth. And I long for that day to come!
– John Piper, in an article from Decision magazine http://www.billygraham.org/articlepage.asp?articleid=771
Worship is not music. We can certainly worship Him without musicians and without a song. And by the way, God does not actually seek worship. The Word tells us that He seeks worshippers. He’s not looking for those who make the most beautiful music. He’s looking for those who worship in spirit … and in truth. Music is only one of the ways that he has ordained for us to express our worship. Yet too many worship leaders today spend more time honing their craft and planning / rehearsing their worship sets, than they spend on their face, alone in worship.
– Steve Rice, from a blog article found at: http://songsphere.wordpress.com/2012/12/08/authority-and-anointing/
(Corporate) “Worship isn’t about my way. It’s about our community of faith and the best way for us together to offer our worship to God. Because worship is about the community, it’s about the people we are trying to reach, and it’s especially about God. So, the right qauestion for worship istn’t really, “Did I like it?” The question is, “Did I encounter God in it? Was I lost in wonder, love, and praise?”
Now remember, this worship talk is just one example of how the church (our church) is a very human community, with people who have different preferences and opinions and ideas which we think are right, but which differ from the preferences, opinions, and ideas of other people who likewise think the are right.” (Other examples given here of areas where opinions, ideas, and preferences differ.) “Here’s my point: We have to be careful because we can let our preferences (my preferences) crowd out the church’s purpose, and our opinions can overwhelm the mission. In other words, they can cloud the landmark. They can march us right off the map, and and we can end up walking in circles. And we walk in circles because it’s easy, all too easy, for us to confuse the good news of Jesus with good views we have.” (our own ideas, opinions and preferences)
Our NOTE: Since the primary purpose for the church to gather corporately is to worship God, worship is very much the mission of the church! [One of several very important missions which include evanglism and witness (through personal contact and through preaching), service to others in the name of Christ, discipleship (through teaching, preaching, and mentorship) and baptism, prayer and personal devotion to the Lord, carrying the gospel beyond the local area (which we typically think of as “missions” and which is a continuation of our mission to evangelize and share a witness for Christ), and standing for what is right according to God’s word.]
– from a sermon by the Pastor Guy Sayles of the First Baptist Church of Asheville, North Carolina
Source E: An excellent article about defining worship, written by Bob Kauflin @ http://www.worshipsource.com/articles/why-define-worship-worship-defined
Harold Best, in his book, Music Through the Eyes of Faith, defines worship in the broadest sense as “acknowledging that someone or something else is greater – worth more – and by consequence, to be obeyed, feared, and adored…Worship is the sign that in giving myself completely to someone or something, I want to be mastered by it. (pg. 143)
Dr. Dan Block, who until recently was a Professor of Old Testament at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, defines true worship as “reverential human acts of submission and homage before the divine Sovereign, in response to his gracious revelation of himself, and in accordance with his will.” (from Dr. Block’s For the Glory of God. course notes)
“Worship is the submission of all our nature to God. It is the quickening of conscience by His holiness; the nourishment of mind with His truth; the purifying of imagination by His Beauty; the opening of the heart to His love; the surrender of will to His purpose – and all of this gathered up in adoration, the most selfless emotion of which our nature is capable and therefore the chief remedy for that self-centeredness which is our original sin and the source of all actual sin”.
— From William Temple’s (1881-1944) Readings in St. John’s Gospel
“Worship is an active response to God, whereby we declare His worth.” – source unknown
“The secret to freedom from enslaving patterns of sin is worship. You need worship. You need great worship. You need weeping worship. You need glorious worship. You need to sense God’s greatness and to be moved by it – moved to tears and moved to laughter – moved by who God is and what He has done for you.” – Tim Keller
“Worship is your direct ministry to God. Will you minister to Him today?” – Ray Jones, Worship Pastor (from his facebook post)
“God’s intention has always been to call forth a people who will proclaim His praise and propagate His blessing throughout the earth. Let us do that today.” – from the Worship Ministry facebook page @ https://www.facebook.com/WorshipMinistry
QUOTES ABOUT WORSHIP FROM OUR BOYDBRAIN MUSIC BLOG POSTS AND PAGES:
1. Worship is about intentionally giving glory to God through the way that we live our lives. In every daily activity, in every encounter with people, in every circumstance, in every conversation, in every thought, in every place, every relationship, every use of our talents and the resources that we have been given, in every choice that we make, we learn to increasingly focus on God’s Kingdom, His will and purpose for our lives, and how our response will bring Him glory. In other words, our lives are to be lived in a continual mindset of worship. We bring glory to God when we work, play and interact with others “as to the Lord and not unto men.”
– Cynthia A. Boyd, from our “Lifestyle Worship” page
To read the entire article, go to:
2. God has shown us His eternal and pure love through the giving of all that He is. He has given us His message, the Word, both in the form of the scriptures and in the form of the Living Word, Jesus; He has given His creativity, order, power, brilliance and majesty in Creation; He has given His love, mercy, grace, forgiveness, and patience in allowing us to choose whether to love and serve Him. He has given us new life and purpose and an eternal home in Heaven through the gift of salvation. He has given us His only Son, the most precious gift ever given, when we, as the recipients of this gift, were lost in sin and ugliness and the filth of selfishness. If God is our model for giving, there are certain facts that are always evident about the kinds of gifts that truly make a difference. First of all, His giving is sacrificial. Secondly, His giving always has our best interests at heart. Thirdly, He is ever present in His giving. He gave us the earth as our temporary home, but he sustains it so that this life can continue according to His plan. He gave us himself in the person of His Son, God with us, Emmanuel. He gives us salvation and comes to live within us. With every gift, God also gives Himself. If we are to give a gift that has meaning and value to Him, we must also be very present in the giving, not just for a moment in time but for a lifetime.
What does the Bible have to say about our giving and how we must be present in the gift, in other words, giving ourselves? From Romans 12:1 & 2, the meaning is abundantly clear: “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. 2 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.”
Because of God’s mercy, we know that He is good. Our response to His goodness is our true and proper (in some translations, “reasonable”) worship: the giving of ourselves. This is to be a sacrificial gift, and yet we are allowed to continue living this earthly life. We become living sacrifices, giving up our own will for His good, pleasing, and perfect will. We allow Him to transform us through His Spirit. As our mind is renewed, we gain some level of understanding of His purpose and His will for our lives. As we give ourselves to Him, all that we are is changed and made new. (II Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”) This new, spirit life within us causes us to want to live in a manner that brings honor and glory to the Lord, and this desire changes the focus of our lives. We are no longer focused exclusively upon self and the world as it relates to our selves. Instead, we begin to become aware that all that we think, say, and do has eternal importance.
– Cynthia A. Boyd, from our post entitled “Worship…It’s all about Giving!”
To read the entire post, go to: https://worshipsounds.wordpress.com/2012/03/22/worship-its-all-about-giving-2/
3. We know from Romans 12:1 & 2 that worship involves more than just the corporate gathering of God’s people. Giving glory to God through the way the we live all of life should be the motivation for all we do as believers.
– Travis L. Boyd, from our post called “Worship in the New Testament”
To read the entire post, go to: https://worshipsounds.wordpress.com/2012/02/28/worship-in-the-new-testament/
4. The Bible tells us repeatedly to give God honor, glory, blessing, praise, worship, exaltation, joyful singing, thanksgiving, reverence, awe, and all that we are. This is the key: Worship is about giving! It is not about us, or about our preferences, or about what we get out of the experience (although true worship does give back abundant blessings when we give Him the glory due His name!). It is about seeing God for who He is…the Creator of everything that is, the Sustainer of Life, the Holy and Righteous One, the God of grace and glory, the Merciful Father who sacrificed His one and only Son out of love for us! Our response then becomes an effort to give all that we are to Him, seeking to bring Him glory in all of life. That is worship.
– Cynthia A. Boyd, from our post entitled “Understanding Worship”
To read the entire post, go to: https://worshipsounds.wordpress.com/2012/01/31/understanding-worship/
5. What a privelege and joy it is to be part of something that is older than the earth itself! According to the book of Job, the heavenly hosts were engaged in worship of the Living God long before the creation of our solar system. (Job 38) In the book of Revelation, we are given vivid descriptions of worship that is going on in heaven even now. (Rev. 4 & 5) When something significant happened to Biblical characters, their first thought was to build an altar and worship the Lord.
…..When the church gathers for a time of worship, we are all given an opportunity to experience God’s power within a community of fellow believers. Jesus spoke of the power of believers being physically and spiritually together (Matthew 18:20). This is so important for the health of our spiritual lives and for the work of the church. Nothing else can substitute for being a part of a corporate worship experience. Truly, the most foundational part of the Christian experience is worship of the Living God! Believers need to rediscover the joy of worshipping the Lord with the church family. True worship is a life-changing experience (that becomes a life style) of recognizing and expressing God’s worth. He is worthy of our worship and praise!
– Travis L. Boyd, from our post entitled “Worship is Joy!”
To view the entire post, go to: https://worshipsounds.wordpress.com/2012/01/31/worship-is-joy/
6. (These quotations express some spiritual lessons that God was teaching to Travis surrounding the writing of “Much More Than a Song”. What follows is an excerpt from the Song Story for “Much More Than a Song,” with all of the worship quotes here written by Cynthia Boyd as part of the song story.)
Worship is more than a song.
Worship is more than any particular form of expression.
Worship is more than giving your best to God. It’s being willing to give up your best and still give what you have left to God.
Worship is a passionate pursuit of God’s glory.
Worship may be expressed through what we do, but the act of worship never consists of any outward expression. True worship always exists in the desire of the heart to bring Glory to God.
If I have ever truly worshipped God before a loss or a change in my life, I cannot allow such a change to alter my heart.
“Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous works among all the peoples! For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised…” Psalm 96:3 &4a
Worship is a 24/7 attitude of the heart, a recognition of God’s supremacy and majesty that results in a constant desire to bring Him glory through my life.
Worship is much more than a song!
(Song Story…”Much More Than a Song” contains further information in addition to the excerpt above.)
7. We must not become too focused on the vehicle of our praise (the use of our abilities and skills in presenting to God the gifts that we prepare in our lives). Instead, our focus needs to be upon the Object of our praise…..our awesome and loving God and our victorious Savior. In ministry, we often focus on plans and programs, goals, and ideas. Yet, we must remember that it is the ongoing process of becoming like Christ that is the ultimate gift to our God. With lifelong preparation and refinement by God’s Holy Spirit at work within us, our lives become a Kingdom gift that has eternal significance. We have taken God’s best gifts to us: His love, mercy, and grace, His forgiveness, His Son, His Life within us, His presence, His Spirit, His Word….and allowed these to transform us into the image of our Lord. All other gifts pale in comparison.
— Cynthia Boyd in our post titled Mud Pies and Ministry
OUR FAVORITE WORSHIP QUOTES:
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“It is in the process of being worshipped that God communicates His presence to men.”
Author: C.S. Lewis Source: Reflections on the Psalms
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“If you are not passionate about worship, then you don’t know how much God loves you.”
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“A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, “darkness” on the walls of his cell.” – C. S. Lewis
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“It is not what a man does that determines whether his work is sacred or secular , it is why he does it.” – A. W. Tozer
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“Worship” is the term we use to cover all the acts of the heart and mind and body that intentionally express the infinite worth of God. This is what we were created for, as God says in Isaiah 43:7, Everyone who is called by my name, and whom I have created for my glory. That means that we were all created for the purpose of expressing the infinite worth of God’s glory. We were created to worship.”
– John Piper
Our paraphrase of the main point: “Worship is intentionally expressing the infinite worth of God’s glory.”
Our expanded paraphrase: Worship is first a profound spiritual recognition of the infinite worth of God’s glory that elicits a life-changing focus on the infinite worth of God, which is then intentionally and whole-heartedly expressed through seeking to live a life that brings Glory to Him.”
The original definition by John Piper, as printed above, is found in the devotion titled ”Bodies, Breakfast, and the Marriage Bed” and subtitled “A Meditation on Daily Worship”. You can read the complete devotion at this link: http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/taste-see-articles/bodies-breakfast-and-the-marriage-bed
“Worship is the true believer’s appropriate and grateful response to the revelation of who God is and what He has done and is doing (His transcendance, His holiness, His omnipotence, His omnicience, and His grace, love, and mercy). It is c…haracterized by a desire for a closer, more intimate relationship and knowledge of the Creator, total surrender of our will to His, and total obedience to His plan for our lives. It can and should be expressed in a variety of acts of praise and worship, including singing, prayer, lifting hands, clapping, bowing, shouting, and playing instruments. It is also expressed by our desire to glorify the Lord in our dailiy lives.”
“Let the righteous be joyful; let them exult before God; let them be jubilant with joy! Sing to God, sing praises to His name; lift up a song to Him who rides upon the clouds; His name is the Lord, exult before Him!” Psalm 68:3 & 4
These definitions and quotations were compiled by C. Boyd from the sources cited.
Here’s a link to a video about what worship is and is not: http://vimeo.com/2242310
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