What is Worship?

Some persons say all of life is worship, and see no special significance for the Church’s public worship.  Others, often in reaction, hold worship to be only worship ordinances, such as prayer, reading Scripture and singing praise, whether publicly or privately.

Both are wrong, according to Scripture and reformed orthodoxy.  Worship, narrowly speaking, is an immediate honoring of God.  Keeping God’s commandments mediately honors God, and hence is worship.  All of life is worship insofar as worship naturally and Biblically includes anything done out of reference to God.

Reform yourself to the Word and carefully consider our new page of resources, and let them sink deep into your soul:

‘On the Definition of Worship’

Likewise, some of the most fundamental and helpful distinctions about worship, filling out what it is and its nature, have been nearly wholly lost today.  Peruse these new pages:

‘On Internal & External Worship’

‘Natural vs. Instituted Worship’

Yes, internal worship is more important than external, and natural more than instituted, according to nature, Scripture (see the many Bible verses on the webpages) and reformed orthodoxy.

If you thought you knew Westminster well, get indepth theological background to what Westminster does and does not say about this subject on the Natural vs. Instituted page:

‘WCF 21.1 & its Theological Context’

Drink deeply of the Lord’s theological teachings, lay hold of all the riches you can, and send them to your friends.


“Worship God.”

Rev. 22:9