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Monday, January 21, 2008

Worship and Praise in the Bible

Worship and Praise in the Bible
What does the Bible say about worship and praise? [just started]

Gen 24:48
and I bowed down and worshiped the LORD. I praised the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who had led me on the right road to get the granddaughter of my master's brother for his son.

2 Chronicles 29:28
The whole assembly bowed in worship, while the singers sang and the trumpeters played. All this continued until the sacrifice of the burnt offering was completed.
2 Chronicles 29:27-29 (in Context) 2 Chronicles 29 (Whole Chapter)

  1. 2 Chronicles 29:30
    King Hezekiah and his officials ordered the Levites to praise the LORD with the words of David and of Asaph the seer. So they sang praises with gladness and bowed their heads and worshiped.
    2 Chronicles 29:29-31 (in Context) 2 Chronicles 29 (Whole Chapter)
  2. 2 Chronicles 31:2
    [ Contributions for Worship ] Hezekiah assigned the priests and Levites to divisions—each of them according to their duties as priests or Levites—to offer burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, to minister, to give thanks and to sing praises at the gates of the LORD's dwelling.
    2 Chronicles 31:1-3 (in Context) 2 Chronicles 31 (Whole Chapter)
First instance of "Charismatic Worship"?
Nehemiah 8:6
Ezra praised the LORD, the great God; and all the people lifted their hands and responded, "Amen! Amen!" Then they bowed down and worshiped the LORD with their faces to the ground.
Nehemiah 8:5-7 (in Context) Nehemiah 8 (Whole Chapter)

  1. Psalm 99:9
    Exalt the LORD our God and worship at his holy mountain, for the LORD our God is holy.
    Psalm 99:8-9 (in Context) Psalm 99 (Whole Chapter)

  1. Psalm 100:2
    Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.
    Psalm 100:1-3 (in Context) Psalm 100 (Whole Chapter)
For those who get hung up on the letter of the law, consider this verse...

Isaiah 29:13
The Lord says: "These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men.
Isaiah 29:12-14 (in Context) Isaiah 29 (Whole Chapter)

Matthew 15:9
They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.' "
Matthew 15:8-10 (in Context) Matthew 15 (Whole Chapter)

Mark 7:7
They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.'
Mark 7:6-8 (in Context) Mark 7 (Whole Chapter)

  1. John 4:22
    You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews.
    John 4:21-23 (in Context) John 4 (Whole Chapter)

  1. John 4:23
    Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.
    John 4:22-24 (in Context) John 4 (Whole Chapter)
John 4:24
God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth."
John 4:23-25 (in Context) John 4 (Whole Chapter)

The religious rulers, as some today, complain about disciples not following the law.
Acts 18:13
"This man," they charged, "is persuading the people to worship God in ways contrary to the law."

True worship is to ...

  1. Romans 12:1
    [ Living Sacrifices ] Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.
    Romans 12:1-3 (in Context) Romans 12 (Whole Chapter)
Apparently the new Christians thought worship had something to do with music!

1 Corinthians 14:26
[ Orderly Worship ] What then shall we say, brothers? When you come together, everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. All of these must be done for the strengthening of the church.

Colossians 2:23
Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence.

You mean you can fall down and WORSHIP AS WELL with loud cries?
Revelation 19:4
The twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God, who was seated on the throne. And they cried: "Amen, Hallelujah!" [must have been rockers if they were crying out loud rather than whispering prayers.]

So much more ....

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