31 Scriptures about Worship

It had been a hard season.

Even though I grew up attending church, I had, over the years, let life and career and family and all else take priority. But with all I found myself battling, I was calling out to God. And he was calling me back to him.

As I walked in the back door of the church, the service had begun and the congregation was singing joyfully. I found a seat and started to join in, but I couldn't get the words out. Tears began to flow down my face and I was thankful for the music and dimmed lights as I stood there blubbering.

I knew I was finally where God wanted me to be. At his feet.

You might be thinking it was the music, or maybe even the lyrics - honestly, I don't even know what song was being sung - or maybe just a surge of emotion. I get that. I know all of that is what I always thought of as worship. The time in church when we sing. We call that worship.

But worship isn't defined by a time or place, by being in church or even singing. True worship is not confined to what we do in church or open praise (although these things are both good, and we are told in the Bible to do them).

True worship is the acknowledgment of God and all His power and glory in everything we do. 

In. Every. Thing. We. Do.

Our words, our actions, our interactions with others, our work, our play, our money, our time, our everything.  The highest form of praise and worship is obedience to Him and His Word. To do this, we must know God; spend time with Him and build a relationship with Him.

Worship is to glorify and exalt God—to show our loyalty and admiration to our Father, through everything that we do.
"Worship is always a choice. At times it’s an easy, straightforward one. When life is peaceful and painless, the choice to respond to God in thanksgiving and praise may not be such a hard one to make. But at other times in our lives, worship becomes a much gutsier decision." ~Matt Redman
Following are 31 Scriptures we have collected about "worship". May God speak to you through His word as you spend time together. 
John 4:24God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.

Psalm 95:6Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!

Romans 12:1-2I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Hebrews 13:15Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.
Luke 4:8
And Jesus answered him, “It is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.’”
Psalm 29:2Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.

Hebrews 12:28Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe,

Psalm 99:5Exalt the Lord our God; worship at his footstool! Holy is he!

Psalm 96:9Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth!

Matthew 4:10Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.’”
Psalm 66:4All the earth worships you and sings praises to you; they sing praises to your name.” Selah
Psalm 132:7
“Let us go to his dwelling place; let us worship at his footstool!”

1 Chronicles 16:29Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering and come before him! Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness;
Colossians 3:16
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

Revelation 14:7And he said with a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come, and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.”
"Worship" is a featured topic in Sweet To The Soul FAITH's, The Splendor Journal.
This issue includes "Worship" articles and prayer cards in addition to devos, Scripture Cards, articles and more on additional topics "Believe" and "Attributes of God."
Psalm 71:8My mouth is filled with your praise, and with your glory all the day.
John 4:21-24
Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”

Ephesians 5:19Addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart,
Revelation 4:11
“Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”

Isaiah 25:1O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you; I will praise your name, for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure.
Psalm 150:6Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!

Exodus 34:14(for you shall worship no other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God),

1 Peter 2:5You yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

Psalm 100:2Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!

1 Peter 2:9But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
Romans 14:11For it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.”

Exodus 15:2The Lord is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father's God, and I will exalt him.

Isaiah 29:13And the Lord said: “Because this people draw near with their mouth and honor me with their lips, while their hearts are far from me, and their fear of me is a commandment taught by men,

Psalm 59:16But I will sing of your strength; I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning. For you have been to me a fortress and a refuge in the day of my distress.

Psalm 138:2I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word.

Revelation 15:4Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.”
[All Scriptures quoted from the ESV - English Standard Version]
Dear Lord,
As the new day dawns I rise and come to You overflowing in worship. Singing Your praises thrills my heart and brings happiness to my soul. It is with a tender spirit that I seek Your face, yearning to be close to You. Whether it is the quiet whisper from my lips or the mighty shouts to the mountaintops, the adoration I feel for You is beauty wrapped in holiness. May my heart be shored up in truth, courage, and confidence as I follow You Jesus. Your presence gives me peace and I will forever worship Your Name. In Jesus’ name, Amen.  
~ Mitzi Neely, Peacefully Imperfect Ministries


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Jana Kennedy Spicer is a born and raised Texas girl who has a heart for studying God’s Word and is passionate about encouraging women to do the same. She is the author of Let Your Light Shine: Being a Light in a Dark World; Praying For Revival; Inspiring Women: Who They Are and How To Be One and Gracious Words: Speaking with Kindness and Mercy; and the illustrator of the scripture based Garden of Life Coloring Book and Coloring the Scriptures.

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