Many people believe that there worship scriptures somewhere that says you are made to worship. Actually it was Martin Luther who once said that “Man was made to worship God”. I happen to agree with him so I compiled a list of worship scriptures to help you learn what the definition of worship is from the Bible and to encourage you to worship more. I am giving a brief explanation to the worship scriptures so you can understand the context of why the particular scripture was written. I hope you enjoy my list.
There are worship scriptures in the first book of the Bible
Then the man bowed down his head and worshiped the LORD.
This is an example where Abraham’s servant worshiped God for provision. Worship is a form of prayer and in giving worship he was thanking God.
The Bible is filled with worship scriptures
So the people believed; and when they heard that the LORD had visited the children of Israel and that He had looked on their affliction, then they bowed their heads and worshiped.
Here we see the people of God worshiping God because He was delivering them out of the bondage of slavery. Today we have many opportunities to worship God for what He has set us free from!
So He said, “No, but as Commander of the army of the LORD I have now come.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped, and said to Him, “What does my Lord say to His servant?”
Here we have an example of a visit to earth by Jesus prior to His earthly ministry. Joshua’s response was to worship Jesus flat on his face in an awesome example of surrender and reverence. Part of the act of worship is surrender and reverence and our body language is just as important as the words of our lips because it shows the sincerity of the heart.
1 Chronicles 16:29
Give to the LORD the glory due His name; Bring an offering, and come before Him. Oh, worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness!
When we worship God we are giving God the glory for what He has done. We are coming before Him. In a very real sense, when you worship God you are entering into His presence. You are coming to where He lives and giving to Him the gift you have to offer.
2 Chronicles 20:18
And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem bowed before the LORD, worshiping the LORD.
Here is another example in one of many worship scriptures of people who showed not only with their lips, but with their body language the sincerity and transparency of their worship. They really meant it! You can find this in many worship scriptures.
But as for me, I will come into Your house in the multitude of Your mercy; In fear of You I will worship toward Your holy temple.
Here king David is making a commitment to be a regular worshiper of God in His house. He recognizes the importance of corporate worship, where you gather with other believers to worship God. We need to worship God daily in our private lives, but we also need to worship God publicly with other believers. Both are part of the Christian experience.
Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.
Here again we see that both bowing and kneeling are body language signals that are encouraged in our worship of God.
And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.”
Here we see two things. One is that there is a correlation at least between worship and healing. Many times I have seen people healed both emotionally and physically during worship. Second is that if Jesus will accept the worship of an outcast like a leper, then He accepts worship from anyone.
But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.
Here in one of the more famous worship scriptures we see that it is important to worship God with not just your mind, or your actions but in your heart, in your spirit. It it not enough just to have truth, you must have spirit. And vice a versa, it is not enough to just have spirit, truth must be there as well.
There are worship scriptures in the last book of the bible as well!
Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying:
11 “ You are worthy, O Lord,
To receive glory and honor and power;
For You created all things,
And by Your will they exist and were created.”
And here we see that worship continues in heaven. It does not stop. We will be worshiping in heaven so we better start learning to do it daily and enjoy it.
I hope you have enjoyed this list of worship scriptures. I hope it has encouraged and challenged you to go deeper in your walk with God. If you would like more information about worship then I would suggest you read my article entitled Family Worship or check out my Top 10 praise and worship songs.
You can find more worship scriptures here.
Reference: The Holy Bible, New King James Version Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.