Nine Expressions of Worship

By Stephen M. Newman, Founder, & Author of Experiencing Worship
July 03, 2017

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David's Lead

It's captivating to read through the Psalms and see the variety of ways in which David worshiped. When we pause to ask ourselves what we are doing during our worship times today, we are often faced with several questions. How do we worship? What are we able to do and still be reverent before the Lord? What is God's desire for our worship? Does God give us the right to pick and choose how we worship?

The Psalms have given us nine different expressions of worship, and these expressions stem from David's desire to worship the Lord wholeheartedly and without reservation. Oddly enough, these expressions are not foreign to us, but we fail to practice them in our corporate worship for one reason or another.

Listed below are the nine expressions of worship that we will focus on in this article. They can be broken down further into three physical expressions.

The Spoken Voice

1. Speaking -
Psalm 34:1 says, "I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always
be on my lips."

2. Shouting - Psalm
27:6 says, "Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround
me; at his tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will
sing and make music to the Lord."

3. Singing - Psalm
47:6 says, "Sing praises to God, sing praises to our King, sing praises."

Our Posture

1. Bowing -
Psalm 95:6 says, "Come let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before
the Lord our Maker."

2. Standing
- Psalm 119:120 says, "My flesh trembles in fear of you; I stand
in awe of your laws."

3. Dancing
- Psalm 149:3 says, "Let them praise his name with dancing and make
music to him with tambourine and harp."

Our Hands

1. Playing Instruments
- Psalm 33:2, 3 says, "Praise the Lord with the harp; make music to him
on the ten stringed lyre. Sing to him a new song; play skillfully,
and shout for joy."

2. Clapping
- Psalm 47:1 says, "Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God
with cries of joy."

3. Lifting Hands
- Psalm 63:4 says, "I will praise you as long as I live, and in your
name I will lift up my hands."

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