What are different expressions of worship and how are they portrayed in the scriptures?
The Greek word for worship found in Romans 12:1 is the word “Latreia”. It means the service and worship of God. It’s not just about the outward actions that you portray but most importantly that it’s an honest and heartfelt response to what God has done for you, then it will not detract from others who are worshiping or draw attention to you.
Worshiped with shouts and uplifted voices
This expression of worship is one that is seen throughout the scriptures. You see in multiple scriptures God calling his people to worship him with loud shouts and cries.
Shout joyfully to God, all the earth; Sing the glory of His name; Make His praise glorious. ( Psalms 66 1-2)
Worship With Singing
Singing is one of the gifts of God given to us to praise and worship him where words may sometimes fail us. Our voices is something that was given to glorify him because like the scripture says if don’t him the rocks will cry out. So if we fail to praise him all of creation will still do it but i don’t know about you but I don’t want to neglect the gift given to me.
Psalm 146:1-2 – “Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul! I will praise the Lord while I live. I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.”
Worship With Musical Instruments
Musical instruments is one that is constantly mentioned in scriptures from literally Genesis to Revelation.
Psalm 150:3-6 – “Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet. Praise Him with the lute and harp! Praise Him with the timbrel and dance. Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes! Praise Him with loud cymbals. Praise Him with clashing cymbals! Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
In Spirit and Truth
“The hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” (john 4:23-24)
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God–this is your true and proper worship. (Romans 12:1)
Worship must be vital and real in the heart, and worship must rest on a true perception of God. There must be spirit and there must be truth. . . . Truth without emotion produces dead religion and a church full (or half-full) of artificial admirers . . . . On the other hand, emotion without truth produces empty minded and gathers to itself shallow people who refuse the discipline of rigorous thought. But true worship comes from people who are deeply emotional and who love deep and sound doctrine. Strong affections for God rooted in truth are the bone and marrow of biblical worship.
Dancing is an expression of celebration. The people of God have every reason to celebrate. It is an expression of worship that Westerners seem to not know how to do. We will happily dance at Parties and put all the effort into it but when it comes to praising our Heavenly Father we seem to set limitations and judgments as whether it’s appropriate.🤔
“Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with timbrel and harp.” (Psalms 149:3)
“And David was dancing before the LORD with all his might, and David was wearing a linen ephod.” ( 2 Samuel 6:14)
Clapping is one that can be used at all times to make music and praise God no matter where or who you are.
It doesn’t require musical training or lessons to use it and it one that even if you were stuck in the middle of the desert you could still use to praise him.👏🏼☺️
“For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.” (
O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.” (Psalms 46:1)
What are other expressions of worship that you guys use in worship?