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 Worship 2
Principles Learned about Worship from the Psalms 6
New Testament Principles for Worship 8
Application of Worship to Daily Living 9
Appendix: Words for Worship 11
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...