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How We Worship

 

Bodily expressions are associated with worship throughout Scripture. Sometimes this is a spontaneous reaction to what God has revealed and accomplished. For example:     

  • Miriam grabbed her tambourine and danced (Exodus 15:20) 
  • The Children of Israel bowed their heads and worshipped (Exodus 12:27). 
  • The Levites stood and praised the Lord with a loud voice (2 Chronicles 20:19)
  • Job “fell to the ground and worshipped” (Job 1:20) 
  • David danced joyfully before the Lord (2 Samuel 6:5, 16). 
  • We read of others who were ‘leaping and praising God’ (Acts 3:8), 
  • One who fell on the ground like a dead man before the angel of the Lord (Revelation 1:17).

All of these examples include immediate and spontaneous reaction to events and circumstances. However, Scripture also commands us to proclaim His greatness by means of our bodies. Here’s a small sampling of ways God is pleased to receive our worship.

  • Clap your hands, all peoples! Shout to the Lord with loud songs of joy! 
    (Psalm 47:1)
  • And all the house of Israel played before the Lord on all manner of instruments. (2 Samuel 6:5)
  • Oh, come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker! (Ps. 95:6)
  • Let them praise His name with dancing, making melody to Him… (Psalm 149:3)
  • Stand in awe of God. (Psalm 22:3) 
  • I desire then that in every place the men should praylifting holy hands. (1 Timothy 2:8)
  • I will declare (testify) thy name unto my brethren; in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee. (Psalm 22:22)
  • Is there any sick among you? Let him call for the elder of the church; and let them pray over himanointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 
    (James 5:14)

Given the variety of responses, it would be difficult to come up with a single form of expression that pleases God when we gather to honor Him corporately. Clearly, all these actions are both acceptable and appropriate and this list is in no way to be considered exhaustive.

If you have never had the opportunity to be in a Spirit-filled worship service before, you will discover that these Biblical expressions of worship are still practiced today. When you visit, we encourage you to join in with us as we praise God together in spirit and in truth!