Prophetic Worship 02 -What is Worship?

This post focuses on the ‘worship’ part of Prophetic Worship only. You may want to read about the ‘prophetic’ part of prophetic worship also.

What is worship?

Each of us has those few things we really enjoy and value. Simply take a moment and think about what you really like to think about. What thoughts and ideas seem to occupy your time, energy, and attention the most? That, my friends, is about as simple an indication of what or who we worship.

I like to think of worship as a verb. Worship requires action.

At the date of this post, Websters Dictionary defines worship as reverence offered a divine being or supernatural power; also:  an act of expressing such reverence…

The Hebrew word used for worship is shachah. Shachah means:

  • to depress
  • prostrate (especially reflexive, in homage to royalty or God)
  • bow (self) down
  • crouch
  • fall down (flat)
  • humbly beseech
  • do (make) obeisance
  • do reverence
  • make to stoop
  • worship

I think this ancient Hebrew definition is a more descriptive and powerful a definition of worship that what we see in Webster’s. What do you think?

I don’t know about you, but it seems to me that true worship, based on this ancient Hebrew word shachah,  requires some type of surrender and submission. Anytime you bow to anything you might as well say,  “You are better than I am.” -or-  “You are more important than I am.”

Is that what worship is?


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