Many years ago in the small town of Wellsville, Kansas, Sunday mornings I would find myself on the sanctuary stage with a Baptist pastor. He would open the gathering in the usual manner and after announcements and prayer, he would say, “Let us worship the Lord.” That was my cue. “Turn in your hymnals to page…..” And that was and still is what most people think of when they hear the word “worship.”
It was over 20 years ago while attending a ministry school that I first learned the word “worship,” in the Bible, had numerous meanings. Since then, I have sought to know and participate in all of the other forms of worship relayed in scripture. As far as I am concerned, the word “worship” is the most under-translated and miscommunicated word in the whole Bible. Talk about lost in translation!!!!
But for the sake of blog space, I am going to limit the discussion to only a few references and make things easy for you by using the four-digit number from the Strong’s Concordance. You can look them up here: http://biblehub.com/strongs.htm
One day after “leading worship” I opened the Bible to Luke 4:8.
8 “And Jesus answered and said unto him, “Get thee behind Me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve.’” 21st Century King James Version
And it struck me….Satan had not asked Jesus to sing to him. The Strong’s reference for worship used in Greek is 4352. It means: to kiss, to fawn over, and (I quote from an older Stong’s with ink and paper): “a dog licking its master’s hand”. What? How do I lead that kind of worship? Then I tried to put it in context with the rest of the chapter and read the prior verse only to become more confused.
7 If Thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be Thine.”
This is a different word than the word Jesus answered. Greek 1799 means “in the presence” or “in sight of” or even “to attend to.” Two words with completely different meanings and both interpreted as “worship.”
I have found others as well: 2323- to wait upon menially; to relieve as in cure or heal; 3000-to minister, serve or to do service; 7812 – prostrate, bow, homage, humble beseech; 5457- to fall. All interpreted as the word “worship.”
On March 11, 2017 Fort Worth Worship is hosting Jason Upton and Rick Pino at the River Ranch for a night of “worship.” Yeah, there is going to be music….but mostly, there is going to be worship.
If you hear the word worship and can only think of a music leader, I encourage you to seek out the many other forms of worship that you have been missing out on, and that you have been missing out on giving to our Heavenly Father. A good place to start would be to plan on coming out to gather with Jason, Rick and believers from churches all over the city. Join us in FORT WORTH WORSHIP! I hope to see you there!
Jeffrey Guinn – Worshipper
About Jeffrey Guinn
Jeffrey Guinn is a graduate of Southwest Baptist University with a degree in Chemistry and a heart for worship. He has served as worship leader, praise team vocalist, guitarist and penny whistler.(yeah, you will have to google that one). Residing in Fort Worth, it his desire to see the city gather in unity for the sole purpose of worshiping the Father.