1. Bodily Posture
    1. Bowing
      1. Genesis 24:48, "And I bowed low and worshiped the Lord, and blessed the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who had guided me in the right way to take the daughter of my master’s kinsman for his son."
      2. Exodus 34:8-9, "And Moses made haste to bow low toward the earth and worship. 9 And he said, “If now I have found favor in Thy sight, O Lord, I pray, let the Lord go along in our midst, even though the people are so obstinate; and do Thou pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us as Thine own possession."
    2. Standing
      1. Nehemiah 9:5, "Then the Levites, Jeshua, Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabneiah, Sherebiah, Hodiah, Shebaniah, and Pethahiah, said, “Arise, bless the Lord your God forever and ever! O may Thy glorious name be blessed and exalted above all blessing and praise!"
  2. In Truth
    1. John 4:24, "God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."
  3. Involves
    1. Praise
      1. Psalm 29:1-2, "Ascribe to the Lord, O sons of the mighty. Ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. 2 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due to His name. Worship the Lord in holy array."
      2. Psalm 149:1, "Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song, and His praise in the congregation of the godly ones."
    2. Shouting
      1. Isaiah 49:13, "Shout for joy, O heavens! And rejoice, O earth! Break forth into joyful shouting, O mountains! For the Lord has comforted His people, and will have compassion on His afflicted."
    3. Singing
      1. Isaiah 12:5, "Praise the Lord in song, for He has done excellent things. Let this be known throughout the earth."
  4. Of Christ by...
    1. Angels
      1. Hebrews 1:6, "And when He again brings the first-born into the world, He says, “And let all the angels of God worship Him."
    2. Magi
      1. Matt. 2:2,11, "Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east, and have come to worship Him...11 And they came into the house and saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell down and worshiped Him; and opening their treasures they presented to Him gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh."
    3. Women
      1. Matthew 15:25, "But she came and began to bow down before Him, saying, “Lord, help me!” 26 And He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs."
    4. Heavenly Choir
      1. Revelation 4:10-11, "the twenty-four elders will fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and will worship Him who lives forever and ever, and will cast their crowns before the throne, saying, 11 'Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You did create all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.'"
  5. Subjects of Improper Worship
    1. Antichrist
      1. Revelations 13:4, "and they worshiped the dragon, because he gave his authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast, and who is able to wage war with him?"
    2. Creatures
      1. Romans 1:25, "For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen."
    3. Demons
      1. Deuteronomy 32:17, "They sacrificed to demons who were not God, to gods whom they have not known, new gods who came lately, whom your fathers did not dread."
    4. Images
      1. Exodus 32:8, "They have quickly turned aside from the way which I commanded them. They have made for themselves a molten calf, and have worshiped it, and have sacrificed to it, and said, ‘This is your god, O Israel, who brought you up from the land of Egypt!’”
      2. Daniel 3:5, "that at the moment you hear the sound of the horn, flute, lyre, trigon, psaltery, bagpipe, and all kinds of music, you are to fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king has set up."
    5. Man
      1. Acts 10:25-27, "And when it came about that Peter entered, Cornelius met him, and fell at his feet and worshiped him. 26 But Peter raised him up, saying, “Stand up; I too am just a man.” 27 And as he talked with him, he entered, and found many people assembled."
    6. Other Gods
      1. Exodus 20:4, "You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. 5 You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me."
      2. Exodus 34:14, "for you shall not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God."
      3. Deuteronomy 17:3, "and has gone and served other gods and worshiped them, or the sun or the moon or any of the heavenly host, which I have not commanded."
  6. Subjects of Proper Worship
    1. God
      1. Matthew 4:10, "Then Jesus *said to him, “Begone, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.’”
    2. Christ
      1. Matthew 14:33, "And those who were in the boat worshiped Him, saying, “You are certainly God’s Son!"
      2. Matthew 28:9, "And behold, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they came up and took hold of His feet and worshiped Him."
  7. Worship God Only
    1. Matthew 4:10, "Then Jesus *said to him, “Begone, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.’”

About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.