What is Worship? Why do we worship? When do we worship? How do we worship?

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What is Worship? Why do we worship? When do we worship? How do we worship? Slide 2 Pagan worship Muslims worship alla by bowing to Mecca. An American Indian might worship god by building a totem pole. Human sacrifice has been considered to be worship by some ancient cultures. Slide 3 Misguided Worship Cains sacrifice was rejected by God because it was false worship - Genesis 4:5 Catholicism repetitive prayers, chants, counting beads. Protestants going to church meetings, reading the Bible, praying, witnessing - all in order to appease God. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen (Romans 1:25). Men worship nature, animals, other people, knowledge, science, and ultimately themselves. It is within our base nature as men to worship anyone and anything but the Lord Jesus Christ. Worship has often been mistaken for performing certain activities in order to pay for our own guilty feelings, trying to measure up to some requirement, or make our conscience feel better by trying to earn a good standing with God. All misguided worship is self serving Slide 4 Worship Defined First use is in Gen 22:5 Abraham said to his young men, "Stay here with the donkey, and I and the lad will go over there; and we will worship and return to you.". shachah Pronounced shkh' homage rendered to God 1) to bow down 1) to bow down, prostrate oneself a) before superior in homage b) before God in worship Slide 5 Old Testament Psalm 66:4 All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name. Selah. Psalm 95:6 Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker. Psalm 96:9 Oh, worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him, all the earth. Slide 6