My friend and pastor, Bill Dogterom, just wrote a blog about a re-discovery he made concerning the 2 main words used for worship in the Old Testament. I would highly suggest you read it (click here). Bill has a gift for explaining deep concepts in a succinct and approachable way. However, for our purposes right now I’ll summarize it.
There are basically 2 words in the Old Testament, each echoed in the New Testament, that blend together our understanding of worship. The first word captures the deep, visceral, heart-felt response to encounter with God. The way we experience his presence and are moved to respond to him. i.e. clapping, singing, shouting, dancing, silence, hands raising, bowing down.
The second word prepares for the response described by the first word. i.e. setting up the equipment, learning and leading the rituals, writing and singing the songs, weaving the textiles, making the tapestries, building and playing the instruments, and so on. It is often translated “serve” and regularly links to the work of the Levites.
Again, Bill goes in a little more detail and I recommend you read his blog.Continue Reading No Comments