Worship: What is it?

Over the next few days I would like to spend some time talking about the topic of worship. Today I will begin by briefly defining what I mean by worship.

Definition of Worship

From a biblical perspective, to worship an object is to value that object above any other object. Anything—including self, material goods, status, God, etc.—can become the object of one’s worship. The object of one’s worship can and will fluctuate on a regular basis. In general one can identify what they are worshiping based on what they prioritize, and what they use their resources (i.e. money, time, energy) on. In other words, whatever a person worships will inevitably become the focus of that person’s life.
With this definition in mind, the bible identifies two kinds of worship: idolatry, and worship of the Triune God of the bible. Idolatry is, of course, the wrong kind of worship (Ex 20:3-5). The bible makes it clear that this kind of wrong worship is not limited strictly to the worship of man-made statues (Ezek 14:1-5). As it has often been said, an idol is whatever you are willing to sin order to get or whatever you sin over when you don’t get it.
In contrast, worship of the Triune God of the bible is not only the right kind of worship , but it is also the very purpose for which man was created. (Ps 86:9)