Definitions – Worship and Praise



Oxford Dictionary – Noun – the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for a deity : the worship of God/ancestor worship. the acts or rites that make up a formal expression of reverence for a deity; a religious ceremony or ceremonies • adoration or devotion comparable to religious homage, shown toward a person or principle • archaic honor given to someone in recognition of their merit. • [as title ] (His/Your Worship) chiefly Brit. used in addressing or referring to an important or high-ranking person, esp. a magistrate or mayor. Verb – show reverence and adoration for (a deity); honor with religious rites • treat (someone or something) with the reverence and adoration appropriate to a deity

Strongs Concordance – Hebrew – shahchah (verb) which is to prostrate yourself, obeisance before the ALMIGHTY and man. Ex 18:7.  Avodah (verb)   ‘serve’ or ‘work’. (In Jewish culture the word avodah meaning has a more deeper expression of this word than just ‘service’. It means ‘service of the heart.’) Exodus 8:1; Joshua 24:15. Greek – Latreuo which means to serve. 2 Timothy 1:3; Hebrews 12:16, John 16:2, Roman 12:1.The translations in some Bibles may use the word serve and worship interchangeably. Ro 12:1, NIV- worship and in NKJV – serve. Another word we use in the church today for serve is minister.

        “…to be a minister of Christ Jesus… in service of the gospel of God… (Ro 15:16 ESV). or That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God,        (Ro 15:16 KJ 2000).


Oxford and Webster DictionaryVerb [trans.] – express warm approval or admiration of; express one’s respect and gratitude toward (a deity). Noun – the expression of respect and gratitude as an act of worship: give praise to GOD. Synonyms (verbs) WORSHIP, glorify, honor, exalt, adore, pay tribute to, give thanks to. (Nouns) HONOR, thanks, worship, devotion, adoration, reverence. (Computer Dictionary).

Strongs ConcordanceGreek – doxa means, praise and also worship, glory, honor, dignity (Luke 2:1 KJV); hymeno, sing praise, sing a hymn (Mar 14:26 KJV); ainesis, praise, a thank offering (Hebrew 13:15KJV); epaineo, praise, approbation, commendation (Romans 2:29 KJV).  Hebrew – Praise is often associated with worship to GOD. We also refer to the name Yehudah/Judah as meaning praise. Praise can also mean confess (Daniel 9.) The word praise has a Hebrew parent root made up of “yd, yad” which means “hand”. The root of Yehudah is ”ydh, yadah” which means “throw your hands out” The Hebraic meaning is much deeper. This throwing your hands out is an act of directing people’s attention towards the MOST HIGH and acknowledging HIM as the ONE who we can trust to do what HE says as we live a life pleasing to HIM.*

Seven Praise Words – HALLAL is a primary Hebrew root word for praise. Our word “hallelujah” comes from this base word. It means “to be clear, to praise, to shine, to boast, show, to rave, celebrate, to be clamorously foolish.” *

      Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the LORD (Ps. 134:2).

       …Solomon … in front of the whole assembly … spread his hands toward heaven and said: “O YEHOVAH, GOD of Israel, ther is no GOD like you… (1 Kings 8:22-23)

      “Praise be to the LORD, the GOD of Isael, who with HIS own hand has fulfilled what HE promised with HIS own mouth to my father David. (I Kings 8:14).