Why We Worship the Way We Do

Delroy Arnold


Interestingly, one of the common forms of worship today is not found in the Bible. The folding of our hands has been accepted as a means of showing reverence to God in many churches, but there is not scripture to support such a practice.

This doesn’t mean we should stop folding our hands; however, it does cause us to ask what the Bible has to say on the subject of worship. Actually, the scriptures are filled with encouragement and instruction when it comes to exalting the Lord, including Psalms 103:1, “Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless his holy name.”

At Parkway Apostolic Church, we have found worship of the Lord, according to the scripture, to be a beautiful experience. At times you may find our worship to be loud or it may be quiet. You may see us
lifting our hands or clapping them vigorously. You may witness us dancing before the Lord. One thing is certain, when we worship the Lord with all or our hearts, we have the promise He is with us and we know He takes pleasure in what we are doing. The scriptures tell us, God inhabits praise. When we express our love for God the way the scriptures tell us, God inhabits praise. When we express our love for God the way
the scriptures tell us, God’s presence can truly be felt.

This brochure is designed to provide scriptural references for the pattern and principles of worship in the Bible. Please do not feel it is necessary that you be a member of our assembly to worship here. As our
guest, we invite you to exalt the Lord with us, for He is worthy to be praised.


-Why we stand to sing:

“And the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites, and of the children of the Korhites, STOOD UP to praise the LORD God of Israel with a loud voice on high.” (2 Chron. 20:19)

“And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.” (Rev. 7:10)

-Why we clap our hands:

“O CLAP YOUR HANDS, all you people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.” (Psm. 63:4)

-Why we lift our hands:

“Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will LIFT UP MY HANDS in thy name.” (Psm. 63:4)

“LIFT UP YOUR HANDS in the sanctuary and bless the LORD.” (Psm. 134:2)

-Why we worship loudly:

“And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a LOUD VOICE for all the mighty works that they had see;” (Luke 19:37)

“And I HEARD AS IT WERE THE VOICE OF A GREAT MULTITUDE, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.” (Rev. 19:6)

-Why we play musical instruments:

“Praise him with the sound of the TRUMPET: praise him with the PSALTERY AND HARP. Praise him with the TIMBREL AND DANCE: praise him with STRINGED INSTRUMENTS AND ORGANS. Praise him upon the LOUD CYMBALS: praise him upon the HIGH SOUNDING CYMBALS.” (Psalm 150:3-5)

“And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of HARPERS HARPING WITH THEIR HARPS:” (Rev. 14:2)

-Why we dance before the Lord:

“Let them PRAISE HIS NAME IN THE DANCE: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.” (Psm. 149:3)

“AND DAVID DANCED BEFORE THE LORD with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod.” (2 Sam. 6:14)

-Why we Worship in tongues:

“What is it then? I will PRAY WITH THE SPIRIT, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will SING WITH THE SPIRIT, and I will SING WITH THE UNDERSTANDING also.” (I Cor. 14:15)

“But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father IN SPIRIT and IN TRUTH: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH. (John 4:23-24)

(The above material was published by Parkway Apostolic Church, Oak Creek, WI.)

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