THEOLOGY OF WORSHIP.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary lists the following 12 words as either similar words for worship or synonyms (equivalent terms) of worship; adore, admire, dote (admire), esteem, exalt, love, magnify, regard, respect, revere, reverence, & venerate (honor). This is what the English word worship means. It is the adoration, veneration, exaltation, and magnification of God. It is when we respect, esteem, love, admire, and even dote on God that we are worshipping Him. Quite obviously, worship is totally concerned with the worthiness of God, not the worthiness of the worshipper.
In the OT the one Hebrew word that is consistently used for the worship of God is “shachah.” It occurs 172 times in the 39 books of the OT. The KJV uses 9 different words or expressions in translating this word, “shachah,” the most frequent one being “worship.” But it is also translated as: to bow down, make obeisance (reverence), do reverence, fall down, prostrate, stoop, crouch, and beseech humbly.
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WEEK 3 THEOLOGY OF WORSHIP