"Worship" and "Service" appear in the Bible as these Hebraic words:
Avad- Hebrew verb meaning "to serve". From this verb comes the word "eved" which means "slave" or "servant." The Old Testament reveals this word: In the service of God; In Levitical service; In celebrating the feast days; In giving offerings and sacrifices.
Avodah- Hebrew noun which comes from the same root as "avad." It is translated as "work", or "service", or "labour."
Other "Worship" words used:
Shachah- Hebrew verb which literally means "to bow down." It is used of bowing before kings, rulers, idols, and God. It is the word that is translated "worship."
Segad- Aramaic verb which literally means "to bow down." It also is used of bowing to kings, idols, and God. It is also translated as "worship."
AVAD - Serving, Working and Worship
We are missing something in this key Hebrew word in the Bible...
WORSHIP is what a lot of us think we are doing on a Sunday - meet, greet, stand up and sing, raise your hands, receive and be touched by the Holy Spirit, sit down for the message or a teaching, and perhaps sing another "Hallelujah" alongside a prayer call if that 'feels right'.
I don't mean to shred the current 'formula' of church meetings, but then again, I do to a point. (Oh my gosh!) But I will cut straight to it:
Our WORSHIP should be 24/7 in each of our lives. It encompasses what we think and say the moment we are awake, right to the very moment when our eyes are closed and we drift off to sleep at the end of every day. WORSHIP is a state of mind, an attitude, how we treat each other, our daily stewardship, our self management and attitude that does not come on when we 'feel like it'. Often it is uncomfortable to step out of "my understanding". Yes! WORSHIP is a forward leaning toward our FATHER our SAVIOUR with the ever present HOLY SPIRIT. We are so blessed! Constant daily ongoing communion with the Father Son and Spirit! Yet we are living our lives still searching, waiting, calling out for God to do this, do that, following a teacher, preacher, worship leader when we should be following HIM ...
It is the fallen nature of man to try to contain, formula-rise, modify, translate, assimilate... Oh goodness, we have really created a monster that runs the world. But we are fantastic creations of God's own handiwork:
"Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness," Genesis 1:26
Yet we are held back by the chains of society, social behaviours, which does not promote our CREATOR. They promote man.
So! All the more to dig deep in our souls and surrender to the transformation He has for each one of us, to take us up and above the fall and sin of man:
Your daily surrender is WORSHIP
Your daily surrender is SERVICE, and
Your daily surrender to transformation is WORK, SERVICE and WORSHIP!
The LORD's SPIRIT has begun to come in POWER, in TRUTH, and the old system will not sustain this coming of our LORD. It is time to set aside the patterns of this world, Beloved, and embrace the new MOVING POWER of the HOLY SPIRIT.
Joel 2:28 And afterward, I will pour out My Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.
‘In the last days,’ God says, ‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. Even on My menservants and maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.
This is a season of Song of Songs, a greater intimacy, a greater witness, the Bridegroom is readying His Bride and she must let go of the old, in all ways. Otherwise, she will be seen as the virgin who had no oil in the lamp: if the lamp is not shining on the hill, it may as well be in a closet or under a bed. Jesus addressed this in Matthew 5:14
"You are like light for the whole world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid."
The SPIRIT is poured out on all flesh. I encourage you Beloved, to take it in, soak, and allow the transformation God is doing in His church. If we are warm, we will be spat out. If we are hot - we are in His will. Just imagine, if every person on the planet were to Worship Him, what a very different place we would be in!
Every thing you do can be an offering of WORSHIP to the God you serve, you belong to.
Worship Him, in Spirit and in Truth!
It is not by power, or by might, But by My Spirit, says the LORD.