Now I, John, saw and heard these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed me these things (Revelation 22:8).
When John fell to the ground to “worship” the angel, he certainly wasn’t singing, dancing, or waving his arms in the air (Revelation 22:8), yet most church people associate this as worship. Music and singing don’t define Christian worship.
Abraham took his son Isaac to Mount Moriah to “worship” by offering Isaac as a human sacrifice to God (Gen 22:5).
Moses demanded that Egypt’s king release the Jews from slavery to “worship” in the wilderness (Ex 4:23).
When the wise men found the Baby Jesus and fell down and “worshiped” Him, giving their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh (Mt 2:11).
While on trial, Paul testified to Governor Felix that he “worshiped” the God of his fathers (Acts 24:14). This word for worship means to perform the tasks of a servant or the duties of a priest. It’s the same word in Romans 12:1-2 translated as service.
Biblical worship is so much more than singing songs. Worship is expressed in our attitude in the service of God’s glory, created and driven by the Spirit working in the regenerated heart, formed and reformed by the Scriptures. In the Bible preaching (Rom 1:9), prayer (Lk 2:37), financial giving (1 Cor 16:2), and the Lord’s Supper (1 Cor 11:18-20) are all expressions of worship.
Too often our worship of God is according to what makes us feel good or what satisfies our traditions. That makes our worship false and our concept of worship backward. Godly worship isn’t about our experiences or feelings, but what God receives as we serve Him in spirit and in truth (Jn 4:24).
Today whatever you do, do all to the glory of God and thereby worship Him (1 Corinthians 10:31).