What does the word Worship mean in the Bible?

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In this issue we focus on the word “Worship”. The significance of trying to learn from its original text is to help us gain meaningful insight about the word we intend to study. We find two words being used for worship, one in the Hebrew text and the other in the Greek text, in quite an interesting manner.
The Hebrew root word for Worship is “Shachah” meaning “to cause one to lie prostrate.” In Biblical times, people would crouch in hom-age to someone who possessed a higher status or to a king as an expression of complete submission.
The Greek word for worship is “Proskuneo” which means “to kiss”. The word picture we get is that of a dog kissing it’s master’s hand to gain attention and favour.”
Therefore, the word worship has a more revered meaning. God, being the Supreme Creator of this uni-verse has given us the privilege to enter His very Presence in this act of worship. From a human per-spective, we give a lot of reverence to earthly rulers and many a times it’s far more than we need to. How much more reverential should we be towards the omniscient and omnipresent God, to whom rever-ence is due. Thus, when entering the Presence of the King of kings, we ought to give more than our lip service to Him and it lies in our total inward submission and surrender. This inward submission can be expressed outwardly by lying prostrate in adoration.
Furthermore, during Worship we have to seek God’s unmerited favour or mercy. Just like blind Bartimaeus (Mark 10:48), we must cry out to God to shower His mercy upon our lives. This is the confidence we have in Christ Jesus, that when we submit to God in absolute reverence and seek Him for His everlasting mercy, we will never go unnoticed.

Jones Sukumar

Jones Sukumar D worked as an Information Management Leader in Hewlett Packard, he committed his life to serve the Lord leaving his profession behind. He is working at El-Bethel Endtime missions as a overseer- evangelism & missionary Training.He ministers in various churches and corporate fellowships and also teaches in the El-Bethel Bible College learning Centres .


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