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he Samaritan woman in John 4   commonly translated worship is shachah
              wanted to debate the Lord Jesus   (Strong’s 7812), which means to bow down,
        Ton this question. We Samaritans     to pay homage to one who is superior.
        worship one way; you Jews have your   “Moses quickly bowed his head toward
        way. Who’s right? The debate still rages.   the earth and worshipped” (Exo 34:8 ESV).
        The Lord Jesus informed her, “True wor-  The equivalent NT Greek word is proskyneo
        shippers will worship the Father in spirit   (Strong’s 4352). It is used of the Magi: “And
        and truth” (John 4:23 ESV). His statement   when they were come into the house, they
        teaches us that there is a right way and a   saw the young child with Mary his mother,
        wrong way to worship. This brings us to   and fell down, and worshipped him” (Matt
        the question: What is true worship?  2:11 ESV). In the above examples, the wor-

        Giving God what is His Due           shippers are giving God His rightful place
                                             as One to whom honor and praise is due.
          Broadly speaking, true worship is giving   The focus is not on self or needs but on God
        to God His due from the heart. To protect   and His honor. Bowing expresses humility,
        against false worship, it must be according   a right view of self, and at the same time
        to truth; sincerity, the stirring of emotions   exalts God. True worship does not place
        or what feels right is insufficient. To protect   the focus on man and display his talents,
        against formalism, it must be motivated   but rather God and His glory.
        by love (Matt 15:8-9). Going through the
        motions without engaging our minds,  Spontaneous Worship
        and without love for God, fails to meet the   Worship may be a spontaneous response
        standard of true worship.            or a purposeful activity. Spontaneous wor-
          Worship can be expressed in many ways:   ship may arise from being in the presence
        an attitude of respect, a prayer that exults   of God, as in the case of the Magi when
        God, a song of praise, an act of service, an   they entered the home where Christ was.
        act of giving or the surrendering of our   While their worship was planned (for
        bodies. The common thread is that these   they had traveled the many miles for that
        are what we give to God, rather than what   purpose), they were awed at being in His
        we ask and receive from God.         presence and fell down and worshipped
          The purpose of this article is to explore   Him. How often does spontaneous wor-
        the topic of worship by reviewing some of   ship occur in your life? You are struck with
        the key words used in the Old and New   the startling beauty and wisdom of God’s
        Testaments that express worship.     handiwork; you are amazed at seeing Him
                                             work in your life and in others; you are
        To Pay Homage                        overwhelmed at Christ’s sacrificial love;
          In the OT, the Hebrew word most    you are thrilled by an insight the Spirit has

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