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The word worship first occurs in Genesis 22:5, And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you. The word is derived from an Old English word that means, worthiness; it means to do reverence or homage (humble; humility) to a superior being. In Matthew 2 the wise men travel from the east to worship Christ (Mt.2:2, 11.) When Christ is temped by Satan in Matthew 4:10, He quotes the commandment to worship God, Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

Worship can be illustrated in the following ways: (1) “The overflow of a grateful heart, under a sense of Divine favor.” Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil – Psalm 23:5, (2) “The outpouring of a soul at rest in the presence of God.”  As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste. He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love. – Song of Solomon 2:3-4 and (3) “Worship is the occupation of the heart, not with its needs, or even with its blessings, but with God Himself.” Wherefore thou art great, O LORD God: for there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears. – II Samuel 7:22

The result of true worship is that God is glorified and the believer is blessed.

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