LIBERTY UNIVERSITY BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
The Story of Worship
A research paper submitted to Dr. Rodney Whaley
in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the course
Biblical Foundations of Worship
Old Testament Principles for Worship2
Principles Learned about Worship from the Psalms6
New Testament Principles for Worship8
Application of Worship to Daily Living9
Appendix: Words for Worship11
In today’s world, most discussions about worship has to do with what songs were played, which songs were sung, was the band to loud, or did the congregation enjoy our selections this past Sunday. That is not this paper’s intent. The research contained is this paper begins with the discussion of what the principles of worship have been since time began. When God created man and it was for one purpose, we were to worship Him. God wanted a personal relationship with us, face to face. What is worship? There are numerous definitions today. Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it: the act of showing respect and love for a god especially by praying with other people who believe in the same god: the act of worshipping God or a god. I enjoy Paul’s definition of worship much more palatable; “Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship” (Romans 12:1). There are also several types of worship. We can worship in prayer, song, actions, words, conduct, you name it and in most cases it can be a form of worship. What does this tell us? Worship is action. Action that is directed toward God for His glory and majesty. Worship is the destiny of every human being. It always has and always will. The main adherence that is required by man to worship in a manner that is pleasing to God is found in the heart. Within that heart, the Holy Spirit must reside to allow us to worship in the spirit of Jesus Christ. Without being a believer in our Savior and being indwelled with His Spirit, all worship is futile. It would seem any comprehensive definition must include the fact that God is the initiator of worship and we as human beings are the respondents of his revelation. In this research paper, we will take an in-depth look at the principles of worship that span the time from the Book of Genesis through Revelations. From there we will devise a method and construct a method for us to Apply Worship to our Daily Lives. Old Testament Principle for Worship
The first five books of the Bible are known as the Pentateuch. Many people understanding them as the Law of God. These books are the books of; Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. These books were written more than 3000 years ago, yet whole the truths of God that laid the foundation of worship. The foundation of worship begins with the creation of man in God’s own image. Adam and Eve are the only two humans that have ever had the privilege of living with God as a constant presence. God resided in the Garden with them. They walked and talked together. They had a deep relationship with God. When Satan deceived them to commit the one and only thing God had proclaimed them not to do, ruined their relationship for all of mankind to come. Worship had been broken. However, God immediately places a remedy to correct what man had broken in His Son Jesus Christ. I will put hostility between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel” (Genesis 3:15). Satan had now been warned that a deliverer will came to strike him down. God’s plan to save man was put into action. The key thing that needs to be recognized and understood about the creation is that God did not need us. He is the Almighty. He spoke everything into existence except for man. God formed us with His own hand...
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