Bible Verses about Worship
Worship is hardwired into our beings. Worship is not limited to specific days or related only to a list of actions like reading the Bible and singing hymns and spiritual songs. Everything we do is an act of worship, which is why everything we do matters. Let us consider below what the Bible has to say in these verses about worship.
Bible verses about worshipping together
Here are some Bible verses about worshiping together with your friends and family and how to worship and praise God.
Matthew 18:20 KJV - For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
God delights in our worship. Repeatedly we are invited and encouraged to gather together and worship together. We are promised the assured presence of God when we come together as believers for true, heartfelt expressions of praise and adoration.
Acts 2:42 KJV - And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
There are many forms and expressions of worship that can be done as a group. The early church spent quality time together in prayer, having meals, and doing evangelical ministry. In several accounts, we see missionaries traveling in pairs spreading the gospel in diverse regions.
By remaining together, the believers gained strength and encouragement from each other. In the same way, we are encouraged not to be isolated in our faith walk. Our faith is strengthened in the presence of other sincere worshippers.
Psalm 95:6 KJV - O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord, our maker.
There is something special about communal prayer. When we intercede in numbers for a just cause, we vibrate the halls of heaven. Prayer by itself is an act of worship. It is an act of total submission to the will and authority of God, our father, in our lives.
Hebrews 10:25 KJV - Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
When we stumble, which we often do, we need the prayers and encouragement of our loved ones. Our times of trouble are made less treacherous when we have others to help us through them.
Accountability and partnership are elements of godly relationships and should be found in every church. We worship God when we bear each other’s burdens and lift them up in prayer. God wants us to love and care for each other as He does. In this way, we manifest the character of Christ and lead others to Him; this is the ultimate act of worship.
Bible verses about worship and praise
When getting together to worship and praise God, we show our respect and love to Him. Below you will find Bible verses about worship and praise with explanation.
Psalm 150:6 KJV- Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.
Animals have no problems worshipping God; they do so with their very existence. When you see an animal acting according to its nature, doing and being all it was created to do, it honors God and brings Him glory. The same can be said of us. When we walk in purpose and carry out the will of God in our life, we honor God and praise Him for His wisdom and sovereignty.
Psalm 71:8 KJV - Let my mouth be filled with thy praise and with thy honor all the day.
David was a man of many words. He was passionate about music and poetry and sought to use these gifts to worship and magnify God. He spoke and sang to the glory of God, and we are encouraged to do the same.
Psalm 66:4 KJV - All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name. Selah.
Music is a powerful form of worship. It is a universal language that we can all speak, whether by singing, playing instruments, dancing, or even humming. When touched by the movement of the Holy Spirit, the melody in our hearts leads us to an explosion of praise. There will come a time when the words of this psalm will prove true, and the whole earth will erupt into praise for our God.
Psalm 29:2 KJV - Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
We worship God because He is worthy to be praised. When we consider the direction that our lives would have taken had it not been for the loving intervention of God, our hearts should overflow with praise.
No one else in heaven or on earth is worthy of our worship and praise, yet, so often, we get carried away and end up worshiping other things. When we indulge in earthly pleasures and become obsessed with material gain, we remove God from the throne of our hearts and begin to worship these things. David reminds us in this and other psalms that the only one deserving of worship is God.
Romans 12:1 KJV - I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Presenting our bodies to God is a broad, all-inclusive concept. 1 Corinthians 10:31 sums it up nicely for us with this reminder that “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” This means that our entire lives, not just our designated church days, are to be lived in worship of God.
How we deal with that person that cuts us off in traffic, how we relate to those with different beliefs and lifestyles from us, how we treat our bodies, what we do for entertainment, the conversations we have, all of it should reflect the relationship that we have with God.
There is no divorcing God from our daily routine and relegating Him to days and tasks. When we begin to see worship this way, we can be more impactful and effective at making God and His love known to others.
Bible verses about worshipping the Lord
When we are worshipping the Lord, we love and honor God by praying and attending church service.
John 4:24 KJV - God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
No matter where you are physically, we can always worship. This was a powerful point that Jesus sought to make clear in one of the most beautiful ways.
The kingdom of Judah and the Samaritans had been at odds for years, and under the leadership of their king Jeroboam, the Jews in Samaria no longer traveled to Jerusalem to worship. This was a big deal that only got worse over time. However, when Jesus met the Samaritan women at Jacob’s well, He assured her that God does not care about all that.
He reveals to her that when we worship God in our mind, soul, and spirit, and in truth, we still honor God. They need not limit themselves to temple attendance. As a matter of fact, temple attendance by itself did not equate to worship. God is not taking attendance; He is checking our hearts.
1 Chronicles 16:21 KJV - Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
When we pay our tithe, we honor a covenant that was made between God and us. When we give an offering, however, we express gratitude for the blessings that God gave to us during the week.
We acknowledge God as the source of our protection, provision, comfort, and strength by doing this. This is an often overlooked form of worship.
Hebrews 12:28 KJV - Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.
It takes awareness and reverence of God for us to worship Him. This awareness leads to humility which is a key ingredient for true service.
When we serve God, whether in our church programs or by serving others through community outreach and daily living, we worship Him. We do this because we know the grace that has been extended to us, and we know just how many more people need to experience the joy and grace of God in their lives.
True worship is not about us; how well we can sing or preach or how smart we sound when we teach; worship is all about God.
Luke 4:8 KJV - 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.
We are told in Exodus 34:14 that “…thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.” It has always been the devil’s intention and motive to steal praise that belongs to God for himself.
In as much as he knew that Jesus was the son of God, and God made flesh, he still had the misguided audacity to tempt him to worship him. This should tell us that the devil will try to do the same thing with us, but just like Jesus, our response should be, “thou shalt worship the Lord thy God and him only shalt thou serve.”
Revelation 4:11 KJV - Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure, they are and were created.
Revelation 4 is an account of heavenly things. John saw a vision of heaven and describes seeing God seated on the throne. He also saw heavenly creatures, the sea of glass, and twenty-four elders.
It remains unclear who these elders are and what they represent, but it is clear that they are seated around the throne of God, giving praise. If beings in heaven can glorify God, then we have no reason to withhold our praise here on earth.
Bible verses about worship in hard times
When times are tough, God can give you the strength to fight through it. The scripture below will remind you that He can help you through it.
Psalm 46:1-3 KJV - God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
It is not always easy to have a cheerful attitude when things aren’t going according to our well-laid plans.
The psalmist here reminds us that we should have a prayerful spirit even in those moments as God never forsakes His own. He will be our protection in dangerous situations, our light in the darkness, and our comfort in moments of distress.
Isaiah 43:2 KJV- When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
It is important to note the use of the word “through” in this verse. It can be tempting to expect God to whisk us away from danger, but this is rarely the case.
When the three Hebrew boys stood up for God, He, in turn, stood with them in the furnace. When Daniel made his bold stance for God, he was not spared the lion’s den, but God stayed with him in the pit. Over and over, we see evidence of this promise being fulfilled in the lives of God’s faithful people. We can claim this promise for ourselves today.
Philippians 4:6-7 KJV- Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
There is nothing comparable to the peace of God. Having peace in the midst of storms is even more refreshing. When God invites us into a relationship with Him, He tells us to keep the lines open.
No matter what is happening in and around us, keep the lines open. Be prayerful. Meditate on His words, share your story of His goodness in the past while you wait, in expectancy for His faithfulness in the present.
Proverbs 18:10 KJV - The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it and is safe.
A tower is a symbol of strength and protection. In some cases, as with lighthouses, they are beacons of hope and guidance through storms. These are all things that God brings into our lives. He brings hope, strength, and guidance. We can praise Him, even in our difficulties, because we know that He already has the victory over our storm.
1 Peter 4:12-13 KJV - Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
No matter how terrible our suffering might be in this world, we should always remember that Christ, an innocent lamb, came from heaven for the sole purpose of being shamed, scorned, abused, tortured, and ultimately sacrificed for our sins.
When we suffer or go through trials and temptations, we should run to God and ask for increased faith. Just as weapons and diamonds are forged under pressure, so too is our character in Christ refined through trials. We can rejoice then, knowing that in the end, we will be rewarded if we do not quit.
Bible verses about worship with instruments
Some churches worship God in silence, some use a guitar and sing and others use a little orchestra. Regardless of how you worship our Lord, we still love and honor him. Here are some Bible verses about worshipping God with instruments and with an explanation to help you understand it a little more clearly.
2 Samuel 6:5 KJV - And David and all the house of Israel played before the Lord on all manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals.
David was the chief musician in his time. He was so talented that his skills brought him before King Saul. David’s musical talents were developed from his diligent worship.
He played music of praise in the field when tending to his flock and in his own quiet time. Worship with music can be a heavenly experience when done for God’s glory.
Psalm 149:3 KJV - Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.
God delights in our creative expressions of praise. Whether He has blessed us with the gift of singing, instrument playing, or dancing, we can connect with Him through sincere praise and worship.
1 Chronicles 23:5 KJV - Moreover four thousand were porters, and four thousand praised the Lord with the instruments which I made, said David, to praise therewith.
Music was an instrumental part of worship in the old days. Even as armies rode into battle, they had musicians right there with them. When we take instruments and dedicate them to the service of God, they can reach the hearts of men and women who would otherwise be closed off to the written word.
Amos 6:5 KJV - That chant to the sound of the viol, and invent to themselves instruments of music, like David.
We have seen all the categories of instruments represented in the Bible: wind, string, brass, and percussion. There are no unholy instruments, just the unrighteous use of instruments. When we worship the Lord from the depths of our hearts using instruments of any kind, it resounds in heaven.
Psalm 150:3,4 KJV - Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.
Praise God with every fiber of your being. This is the essence of this passage, and it should be the quest of our lives. Shout your praises aloud, whisper them prayerfully in your hearts, dance for the heavenly audience, and play instruments of praise. Music is a powerful form of worship, so we should be mindful that we consume the right kind of music.
Lucifer was the archangel responsible for music and worship in heaven. We cannot compete with that. We cannot compete with an enemy that knows how to lull us and entice us with rhythms and melodies appealing to our sensibilities. Our hearts have to be in the right place for us to discern what is good for our anointed ears.
Praising God with music is fun and moving. He has inspired people over the years to pen songs about the different struggles and victories that they have faced and experienced because of Him. Music that glorifies God, regardless of the genre it falls in, is acceptable to God.
Anything that negatively affects our relationship with God is unacceptable to Him. Let us broaden our understanding of worship and undertake to worship God whether we are in a group or by ourselves. Let us commit to honoring God with our substance and sharing Him and His love with those around us- which is our reasonable service.