Worship Etymology – And Why It’s Important

As worshippers, we want to know all we can about worship; not only how to worship but what worship is all about. That’s why worship etymology is so important.

The problem is that beside a few scriptures indicating some of the physical reactions to a worshipper’s motivation like singing, dancing, raising your hands, jumping for joy and clapping your hands, the Bible does not give an explicit list of what worship is or how a non-worshipper can become worshipper. This is probably intentional. If God gave 7 steps to worship, you could bet that worshippers would do nothing more or less – worship would become mechanical obedience. So God said little more than, “Worship me and none other.” Most of us are not burdened with understanding the command to worship God but we do suffer an ignorance of how to worship God in ways that adequately expresses our love, thanksgiving and adoration. We know that the most important thing is not proper theology (although it is important), a good voice, or the right kind of songs; a heart filled with love for God is the key that unlocks worship in all its forms. Fortunately, the Bible is complete with many expressions of worship that can serve as a guide to unlocking our own creativity.

Below you will find a Greek and Hebrew worship etymology. If this is the first time you’ve studied worship etymology, you will be surprised at the number of words and the breath of their description of worship. If you have studied the words before, we recommend that you read through the list again and these words of worship fan to flames the creative gift of passion and commitment in you. These words, coupled with your heart’s devotion to God and worshiping Him, will expose unplowed depths of expression.

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Source: Church Leaders