Nowhere in Scripture is worship actually defined. Prayer, praise, confession, sacrifice, faith, obedience, and many other terms describe different aspects of worship. But when three key word groups are examined in different contexts, it is clear that homage, reverence and service to God are central to the concept of worship.
—David G. Peterson, Encountering God Together, 29
Worship is an active response to God whereby we declare His worth. Worship is not passive, but is participative. Worship is not simply a mood; it is a response. Worship is not just a feeling; it is a declaration. . . . It is the celebration of God!
—Ronald Allen & Gordon Borror, Worship: Rediscovering the Missing Jewel, 16,18
For the reformed, worship is a lifestyle of humble service that culminates corporately at least once a week, where God’s chosen people join with the heavenly chorus to praise Him for His vast attributes, confess our inabilities, affirm His grace, yield to His instruction, celebrate His mercies and respond to His covenantal call.
—Bryan Chappell, “Worship as Gospel Representation”
The essential, vital, indispensable, defining heart of worship is the experience of being satisfied with God.
—John Piper, “The Pursuit of God in Corporate Worship”
A redeemed heart occupied with God, expressing itself in adoration and thanksgiving.
—A. W. Pink, Exposition of the Gospel of John
Arthur Pink, in his exposition of the gospel of John, says that true worship is the action of the new nature seeking to return to the source from which it came.
—cited by Tod Brainard, http://bit.ly/2eimskj
We may distinguish three uses of the word “worship”: (i) to denote a particular element of what is generally referred to as worship, namely, adoration; (ii) to denote generally the public worship of the religious community gathered together and also the private religious exercises of the family and the individual; and (iii), in a still wider sense, to denote the whole life of the community or of the individual viewed as service of God.
—C.E.B. Cranfield, “Divine and Human Action: The Biblical Concept of Worship,” Interpretation 12:4 (October, 1958), 387