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True Worshipers of God Series

Session 1: Foundations of Worship
Dan Gardner


shachah (7812) most frequently used term for worship (172 times); also translated as: To bow down, make obeisance, do reverence, fall down, prostrate, stoop, crouch, and beseech humbly.

cegid (5457) to prostrate oneself, fall down


proskuneo (4352) most common in New Testament (used at least 59 times); to “kiss towards”, crouch, prostrate oneself in homage, do reverence to, adore.

sebomai (4576) to revere, to “fear” or to hold in awe.

doxa (1391) to glory, dignity, honor, praise, worship.

latreuo (3000) to minister to God, render religious homage, serve, do the service, to “worship publicly” and to “serve in the house of the Lord”.

eusebeo (2151) to be pious, to worship, to respect, support.

How does this compare with your definition of worship?

Our concepts, perspectives of worship must be enlarged, we must acquire a greater vision of the Lord and His purpose in us becoming worshipers.

The Biblical words for worship indicate that one who worships has a particular attitude and intent of heart, accompanied by actions (bowing, etc.) and service that express that “heart” attitude.


Matthew 4:10 (8-10): Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve.

God alone is to be worshiped!

What do YOU “adore, admire, dote, esteem, exalt, love, magnify, regard, respect, revere, reverence, and venerate”?

Idolatry of Today

“There is a God-shaped void in our hearts, but many people try to fill it with other things.”
Billy Graham

John 4:23, 24 - God is seeking a relationship of communication, conversation, and fellowship on a spiritual level with His people. He is seeking true worshipers.

We are the worshipers; He is the one to be worshiped. (Never get that confused.)
The Creation worships the Creator!

Psalm 95:2,6 -
“Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto Him with psalms… O come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.”

The creation worships the Creator —

Loving the Lord with all our hearts, souls, minds. Matthew 22:37

Praising Him - Psalm 135:1

Glorying in Him - Psalm 105:3

Exalting Him - Psalm 99:5

Extolling and blessing Him - Psalm 145:1,2

Rejoicing and being joyful in Him - Psalm 149:2

Thanking Him - Psalm 140:13

“I am the Lord; that is my name; and my glory will I not give to another,
neither praise to any graven images.” Isaiah 42:8

He alone is worthy; He alone is holy; He alone is righteous;
He alone deserves our praise; He alone deserves our worship!

Download of the Month

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This Worship Package of My Life Is In You includes: a Windows Media audio file, Lead Sheets in F, G, and A for 3-part Worship Team, Lyrics & Chords for Guitar in D, G, and A, and a Lyrics Sheet for your convenience.

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This is the second installment of Pastor Daniel Gardner's series, True Worshipers of God. For this complete series on audio, go to WorshipToonz on this page. You can also find much of Dan's music, recorded and published, on this page. Each song has its own audio and leadsheet demos.
Something for Everyone

TR Smith's new recording Persuaded is virtually in its own class. You'll be hard pressed to find lyrics that rhyme and flow like these, or one recording with diversity of style from light ballad to driving rock, or one concept that takes a man's journey from confusion and weariness to joy and praise in the Lord. This is the rare release by a Catholic composer and music minister which has a significant chance of crossover to the evangelical community.

TR has had his songs from this album posted in their entirety. Check them out! See if you agree that this is a Christian musican to keep track of.

Listen to the songs in order— as listed below the caption (on the webpage) Listen Now: Go there...

Vol. I No. 2
June 25, 2006
TR Smith
Site Spotlight
and his new recording

New link on WorshipToonz: To AllWorship.com, which offers commercial-free worship music online. There are three channels: Contemporary Worship, Praise & Worship and Spanish Worship. The free Basic Stream is at 20 Kbps. For a donation to this non-profit site of $40, you can listen at 64 Kbps for a year.

Go there...

Quick Picks for Your Planning

Each week WorshipToonz posts a new QuickPicks Worship List, one of the ways we try to help you in your worship music planning. Below is our current list, from Zion Christian Church in Troy, MI. See other lists for download on this page at WorshipToonz.

List of the Week, June 25, 2006

Lyrics & Chords G God He Reigns/
All I Need
Marty Sampson 4462402
Not found F Your Name Angela Cottrell
Travis Cottrell
Sunday's Coming CreativeInterlude.com
Lyrics & Chords Bb Alive Forever Amen David Moffitt/Sue Smith/
Travis Cottrell
Lyrics & Chords Eb He Lives Israel & Meleasa Houghton/
Cindy Cruse-Ratcliff
Chords not found D Who Is This King Kenneth D. Smith 4670892
That's My King SermonSpice.com
Lyrics & Chords in D F You Are My King (Amazing Love) Billy Foote 2456623
Lyrics & Chords C Jesus Is Alive Ron Kenoly 550652

TR Smith has performed extensively with his band TR Smith &The Sacred Music Boys. Combining rock, blues, pop, and classical idioms, this work has culminated in the release (May 2006) of his sixth CD Persuaded, a riveting, heartfelt song cycle that springs out of both his musical and faith experience. Persuaded is a story about our common journey of commitment to God; from fear to faith, from doubt to trust, from pride to surrender...

TR has a Bachelor of Music degree from Michigan State University and Master of Music degree from Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Michigan, where he received the Distinguished Musicianship Award. He and his wife, Kim, live in Waterford, Michigan, with their three children.

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