WORDS OF WORSHIP
Dr. Rodney Whaley
Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary
In Partial Fulfillment
of the Requirements for the Course
WRSP 510 Biblical Foundations of Worship
Table of Contents
Old Testament 3
Rejoice, Bow Down, Exalt 4
New Testament 7
Pressing On, Boast, Glorify 7
The English word for worship means “worthship” and it denotes the worthiness of an individual to receive special honor in accordance with that worth. Understanding worship in its different word forms means to understand who God is, meaning that the power and authority of the divine word in the Old Testament (and New Testament) are tooted in the very person of Yahweh and are a reflection of the totality of his divine nature, character and attributes. Both the Old Testament and the New Testament give us instruction to worship the Lord. Psalm 95:6 tells us “Come let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.” Matthew 4:10 tells us “Jesus said to him, ‘Away from me Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.”
Rejoice, bow down and exalt are just three of the many words that represent worship in the Old Testament. Rejoice, bow down and exalt are not only used as words representing worship in the Old Testament, but they are also used as words of worship in the New Testament. Rejoicing, bowing down and exalting God cannot be done independently of each other. Bowing down to the Creator of heaven and earth, the Author of our salvation makes us rejoice thereby exalting God on high.
Rejoice, Bow Down, Exalt
The Hebrew word samach,,שמח is transliterated to the English word rejoice 155 times in the Old Testament and its meaning is to rejoice, be glad and delight in. First Chronicles 16:10 says “ Glory in his holy name; let the hearts...