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WORSHIP according to New International Version (NIV) Life Application Bible Study is "to express praise and devotion."

NIV's concordance:

1 Chronicles 16:29
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
    bring an offering and come before him.
Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.

Psalm 95:6
Come, let us bow down in worship,
    let us kneel before the Lord our Maker;

Psalm 100:2  
Worship the Lord with gladness;
    come before him with joyful songs.

Matthew 2:2  
"Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” 

John 4:24 
God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.

Hebrews 10:1  
The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship.

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Worship requires an inner humbling, a surrender of self-will, a repentance of sin, and trust. It requires cultivating the presence of God. It ascribes to Him the supreme value of who He is and acknowledges His worthiness (worth-ship) in words, deeds, and posture.

Worship (noun)
  • reverent honor and homage paid to God or a sacred personage   
  • adoring reverence or regard
  • Origin: before 900; (noun) Middle English wors(c)hipe, wothssipe, Old English worthscipe, variant of weorthscipe

The English word "worship"  comes from the Anglo-Saxon weorthscipe or myrthscipe.  The root of the word refers to being worthy and honorable. The suffix "ship" refers to a state or quality. The English word originally referred, therefore, to a state of honor, dignity, or worthiness. It then came to be applied to a religious activity, such as a prayer, church service, or other rite showing reverence or devotion for a deity.

[Journal entry: August 16, 2012] 

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