If we are going to be “worship leaders” or even simply worshipers, then perhaps we should have a good understanding of Christian worship, and the principles that govern it. Obviously, the first source for learning about worship is the bible. But the bible is not a dictionary. So it is helpful to condense and summarize biblical principles into a “working” definition.  I could try to come up with a new one, but there are people much smarter than me who have already done the work. Here are three of my favorites.

Worship is communion with God in which believers, by grace center their mind’s attention and their heart’s affection on the Lord, humbly glorifying God in response to His greatness and His word. – Bruce Leafblad

Worship is the believer’s response of all that they are – mind, emotions, will, body – to what God is and says and does. – Warren Wiersbe

Worship is the submission of all our nature to God. It is the quickening of conscience by His holiness; the nourishment of mind with His truth; the purifying of imagination by His Beauty; the opening of the heart to His love; the surrender of will to His purpose – and all of this gathered up in adoration, the most selfless emotion of which our nature is capable and therefore the chief remedy for that self-centeredness which is our original sin and the source of all actual sin. – William Templeton