We are accepted by God, not because we have offered worthy worship, but in spite of our unworthiness, because He has provided for us a Worship, a Way, a Sacrifice, a Forerunner in Christ our Leader and Representative, and our worship is our joyful Amen to that Worship. This is the heart of all true Christian worship. It is our response of faith to God’s grace. So we worship God “through Jesus Christ our Lord”, and pray “in the name of Jesus Christ.”
—James B. Torrance, “The Place of Jesus Christ in Worship”, in Theological Foundations for Ministry, 352
True worship involves certain reverential acts of submission and homage before the divine sovereign in response to His gracious revelation of Himself and in accordance with His will.
—Daniel Block, For the Glory of God: Recovering a Biblical Theology of Worship, 23
Christian worship is the full and authentic expression of our hearts towards God in response to the full and authentic revelation of God’s heart towards us in His word.
An encounter between God and his people, in which God graciously initiates the relationship, and the people respond with praise, thanks, and love.
—Mary L. Conway, “Worship Music: Maintaining Dynamic Tension,” McMaster Journal of Theology and Ministry” 7 (2006):133
Worship is the totality of our grateful, obedient response to God’s initiative in revelation and redemption.
Worship is our response to the glory of God:
Recognizing His glory with our minds
Cherishing His glory with our hearts
Proclaiming His glory with our mouths
Celebrating His glory in all of life
Worship is the activity of the new life of a believer in which, recognizing the fullness of the Godhead as it is revealed in the person of Jesus Christ and His mighty redemptive acts, he seeks by the power of the Holy Spirit to render to the living God the glory, honor, and submission which are His due.
—Robert G. Rayburn, O Come, Let Us Worship, 20-21