What Does the Bible Say About Worship? With Scripture References

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Lord’s Library editors answer the question “What does the Bible say about worship?” with specific Bible references.

Have you ever asked yourself the question “What does the Bible say about worship?” If you have, you’re definitely not alone! And since the Bible helps Christians form a foundational understanding of important topics, it’s imperative that one know how Scripture describes worship in different contexts. The Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines worship as “Excellence of character; dignity; worth; worthiness.”

Now armed with a basic worship definition, Lord’s Library editors thought it would be a helpful exercise to provide Biblical context. As a result, we compiled this short resource which captures all notable mentions of the word worship, as well as its other forms. If you’ve been wondering what the King James Bible says about worship, scroll on for additional detail.

Note: If you want to know what the Bible says about worship and 206 other important topics (to be exact), our editors recommend Spencer Smith’s Doctrine Matters: Bible Topic Guidebook.

What Does the Bible Say About Worship?


Psalms 95:6

“O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker.”

John 4:24

“God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”

Luke 4:6-8

“And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine. 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.”

Psalms 7:17

“I will praise the Lord according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the Lord most high.”

Philippians 3:3

“For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.”

Psalms 29:2

“Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.”

Ephesians 5:19

“Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;”

Hebrews 2:12

“Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.”

Ephesians 1:6-7

“To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;”

Psalms 96:4-5

“For the Lord is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the Lord made the heavens.”


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Tim is the Founder and Ministerial Editor at Lord's Library, a Christian resource hub focused on helping readers grow their faith in Jesus Christ. Tim became a Christian in April 2021 and believes 1 Peter 4:11 commands him to share The Gospel (1 Corinthians 15: 1-4) "as of the ability which God giveth."

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