Read about the worship of David when he lost a child, and read about the worship of Job when he lost seven children. What is worship? Here are two of the best examples of personal worship in the Bible.
2 Samuel 12:18-23 David's child died:
Then it happened on the seventh day that the child died. And the servants of David were afraid to tell him that the child was dead, for they said, "Behold, while the child was still alive, we spoke to him and he did not listen to our voice. How then can we tell him that the child is dead, since he might do himself harm!"
But when David saw that his servants were whispering together, David perceived that the child was dead; so David said to his servants, "Is the child dead?" And they said, "He is dead." So David arose from the ground, washed, anointed himself, and changed his clothes; and he came into the house of the LORD and WORSHIPED.
Job 1:18-20 All Job's children died:
"Your sons and your daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother's house, and behold, a great wind came from across the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell on the young people and they died, and I alone have escaped to tell you."
Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head, and he fell to the ground and WORSHIPED.
Don't look at a dictionary. Don't look at your church. Look at David and Job and think.
What is worship?
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2 Samuel 12:18-23 David's explains his behavior:
Then he came to his own house, and when he requested, they set food before him and he ate.
Then his servants said to him, "What is this thing that you have done? While the child was alive, you fasted and wept; but when the child died, you arose and ate food."
He said, "While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept; for I said, 'Who knows, the LORD may be gracious to me, that the child may live.' "But now he has died; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me."
Job 1:21 Job explains his behavior:
He said, "Naked I came from my mother's womb, A
nd naked I shall return there.
The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away.
Blessed be the name of the LORD."
Both David and Job explain their unusual behavior in the face of death. How does this help understand worship?
What is worship?
For me to live is Christ.