Building a Biblical Framework
The last series discussed the basic principles of worship and presented that biblical worship is rooted in three primary categories:
Reception, Response, and Relationship.
Without the acknowledgment of the these three aspects there will be a disconnect in giving God all glory that He is do. The foundation of what worship is to look like in the daily living of those who follow Christ has been established, now it is time to build the framework that will allow a deeper understanding to what the bible has laid out through thousands of years.
In the English language, worship is most commonly used to describe an array of emotions, postures, and attitudes. The Miriam-Webster dictionary breaks down this term as follows:
1: reverence offered a divine being or supernatural power; also : an act of expressing such reverence
2: a form of religious practice with its creed and ritual
3: extravagant respect or admiration for or devotion to an object of esteem <worship of the dollar>
This definition, however, only touches a small portion of this immense word. In order to better understand the term “worship” in its biblical form, we must dive deeper and seek to understand the biblical concepts that have lead to this words translation. The Bible is a collection of approximately sixty-six books from a multitude of authors spanning several thousand years. These books are broken down into two sections based on God’s promises and their fulfillment. These sections are known as The Old and New Testaments. They are written in primarily two separate languages that used diverse terms to describe the attributes of worshiping the One True God.
In the next several weeks I invite you to the table, where these attributes will be discussed in further detail in hopes to illuminate the caliber of what is meant when God is worshiped in Spirit and in Truth.