5 Popular Responses of Worship

I’ve been on a worship teaching frenzy. The biggest question I have been asking is “What is worship?”

My definition is this: Worship (in the Christian sense) is our response to God for who He is and what He has done, is doing, and will do in our lives.

I Recently had an opportunity to teach our youth at church about worship. There are so many different responses to God and His love and grace towards us. I want to share a few of those responses that take place during our corporate worship experiences that we talked about.

Psalms (any of them)
“Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” Colossians 3:16-17

Singing helps us respond to God’s grace. Singing is meant to be a whole-hearted activity. Emotionless singing is an oxymoron.

Joshua 6 (the story of bringing down the walls of Jericho)
Shout joyfully to God, all the earth; (Psalm 66:1)
Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth. (Psalm 100:1)

Then the man bowed low and worshiped the Lord. (Genesis 24:26)
Then the King will desire your beauty. Because He is your Lord, bow down to Him.(Psalm 45:11)
The Lord sustains all who fall. And raises up all who are bowed down. (Psalm 145:14)

Raise your hands
“Let us lift up our hearts and our hands to God in heaven.” (Lamentations 3:41)
“Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the LORD.” (Psalm 134:2)
“I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.” (Psalm 63:4)
“I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer.” (1Timothy 2:8)

“Oh clap your hands , all peoples” (Psalm 47:1)

Like I’ve mentioned before, I don’t think these actions are necessary or worship, but like Bob Kauflin once said, emotionless singing is an oxymoron. I have never been to a concert where the singer was monotoned and emotionless. I challenge you if you stand there with your hands in your pockets, try opening up just once and raise your hands to the Lord, get on your knees before Him, clap even if it is on the 1 and 3. But don’t act like your life has never changed and you haven’t been saved. If you haven’t that’s for another blog post.


About Kevin Riner
child of grace, worshiper of Jesus, husband, father, Pastor of Village Church, author of Faith Debugged

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