What is worship? A. W. Tozer described it this way: “Worship is to feel in your heart and express in some appropriate manner a humbling but delightful sense of admiring awe and astonished wonder and overpowering love in the presence of that most ancient Mystery…which we call Our Father Which Are in Heaven”.
For some, the word worship conjures up awkward feelings of being uncomfortable while singing in a church setting, but notice Tozer never mentions singing, raising hands or even being with others. Rather, he states it is expressing “in some appropriate manner” that which you feel in your heart toward God. In fact, the most commonly used word for worship in the New Testament, the Greek word proskuneo, has more to do with an intimate reverence toward God; being still before Him in awe and adoration.
The beauty of worship is that it is not limited to what anyone believes it should be. The most important things are for worship to be personal, selfless, intimate and from the heart. Worship as a performance is not worship, it is performing. Worship of God is from an overflow of love for Him.
Portions of commentary from David Jeremiah’s Pathways devotional, November 24.