Worship (quotes)


To worship is the highest act


To worship is to show reverence to God

  • Worship: The feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for a deity. Oxford Dictionary
  • Worship: To have or show a strong feeling of respect and admiration for God or a god.  Cambridge Dictionary
  • Worship is the believer’s response of all that he is—mind, emotions, will, and body—to all that God is and says and does. Warren W. Wiersbe
  • To worship is to quicken the conscience by the holiness of God, to feed the mind with the truth of God, to purge the imagination by beauty of God, to open the heart to the love of God, to devote the will to the purpose of God. William Temple
  • The revelation of God is the fuel for the fire of our worship. Matt Redman
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Worship is the highest act of which a person is capable

  • Worship is the highest act of which a person is capable. It not only stretches us beyond all the limits of our finite selves to affirm the divine depth of mystery and holiness in the living and eternal God, but it opens us at the deepest level of our being to an act which unites us most realistically with our fellow people.  Samuel H. Miller
  • Worship is the proper response of all moral, sentient beings to God, ascribing all honor and worth to their Creator-God precisely because he is worthy, delightfully so. D.A. Carson

To worship is in our nature

  • Human beings by their very nature are worshipers. Worship is not something we do; it defines who we are. You cannot divide human beings into those who worship and those who don’t. Everybody worships; it’s just a matter of what, or whom, we serve. Paul David Tripp
  • Worship is like breathing: you’re created to do it all the time. It’s a lifestyle. Joseph L. Garlington
  • We may restrict the expression of worship for a season, just as we may briefly hold our breath, but there is an inward craving for worship that cannot be permanently stilled. Judson Cornwall
  • The instinct to worship is hardly less strong than the instinct to eat. Dorothy Thompson

The rewards of worship


Worship liberates the power of God in our lives …

  • In the act of worship itself, the experience of liberation becomes a constituent of the community’s being . . . It is the power of God’s Spirit invading the lives of the people, “building them up where they are torn down and propping them up on every leaning side. James H. Cone
  • A free mind is one which is untroubled and unfettered by anything, which has not bound its best part to any particular manner of being or worship and which does not seek its own interest in anything but is always immersed in God’s most precious will. . . . There is no work which men and women can perform, however small, which does not draw from this its power and strength. Meister Eckhart

… and brings other great rewards

  • A religious person, who spends his time in devotion and worship gets blessed with happiness and prosperity. Rig Veda
  • The more you pray, the less you’ll panic. The more you worship, the less you worry. You’ll feel more patient and less pressured. Rick Warren
  • The happiest man is he who learns from nature the lesson of worship. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • No one ever truly comes to know, honor, or worship God without being changed in the process. James M. Boice
  • For the person who loves God, worship is the daily bread of patience. Honore de Balzac
  • When every hope is gone, ‘when helpers fail and comforts flee,’ I find that help arrives somehow, from I know not where. Supplication, worship, prayer are no superstition; they are acts more real than the acts of eating, drinking, sitting or walking. It is no exaggeration to say that they alone are real, all else is unreal. Mahatma Gandhi
  • It is in the process of being worshiped that God communicates His presence to men. S. Lewis

Ways to worship


Let all your doing be a form of worship

  • Let my idle chatter be the muttering of prayer, my every manual movement the execution of ritual gesture, my walking a ceremonial circumambulation, my eating and other acts the rite of sacrifice, my lying down prostration in worship, my every pleasure enjoyed with dedication of myself, let whatever activity is mine be some form of worship of you. Adi Shankaracarya
  • Worship is a verb. Robert Webber
  • Don’t let life affect your worship; let your worship effect your life. LaMar Boschman

Worship is not simply an act but an attitude of the soul

  • Prayer is not an act of worship merely, the bending of the knee on set occasions, and offering petitions in need. It is an attitude of soul, opening the life on the Godward side, and keeping free communication with the world of spirit. Hugh Black
  • Worship is an attitude expressed. Judson Cornwall
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Worship according to your own inclinations

  • Everyone ought to worship God according to his own inclinations, and not to be constrained by force. Flavius Josephus

Worship by being aware of God in all you do

  • We mustn’t reserve communing with God just for morning and evening prayers, or for weekly worship service, or for when we feel burdened.  The goal is to realize that every moment is a meditation.  Allow yourself to marvel at the wonder of God’s work all around us.  Throughout your day, let the sun, a tree, a piece of fruit remind you that everything you could ever want has been provided and can be found right here on earth.  While changing the baby’s diaper, give thanks for the miracle of creation you hold in your hands… The moment you begin to consider God first in everything you do, the world around you softens and your life becomes easier.  You’ll feel healthier, happier and at peace with yourself.  Susan L. Taylor
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Worship by setting a sacredness upon every part of life

  • Lord God, we pray that we may be inspired to nobleness of life in the least things. May we dignify all our daily life. May we set such a sacredness upon every part of our life, that nothing shall be trivial, nothing unimportant, and nothing dull, in the daily round.  Henry Ward Beecher
  • One should hallow all that one does in one’s natural life. One eats in holiness, tastes the taste of food in holiness, and the table becomes an altar. One works in holiness, and raises up the sparks which hide themselves in all tools. One walks in holiness across the fields, and the soft songs of all herbs, which they voice to God, enter into the song of our soul.  Martin Buber

Worship by seeing God everywhere and in everything

  • The highest condition of the religious sentiment is when. . . the worshiper not only sees God everywhere, but sees nothing which is not full of God. Harriet Martineau
  • When you walk across the fields with your mind pure and holy, then from all the stones, and all growing things, and all animals, the sparks of their soul come out and cling to you, and then they are purified and become a holy fire in you. Hasidic saying

Worship by opening yourself to wonder


Worship by celebrating today


Worship by being present in the moment


Worship by loving others

  • I don’t think God wants to be worshiped. I think the only pure worship of God is by loving one another, and I think all other forms of worship became a substitute for the love that we should show one another. Charles M. Schulz
  • To hate man and worship god seems to be the sum of all the creeds. Robert Green Ingersoll
  • Love

Worship by helping others

  • Be grateful to the man you help, think of him as God. Is it not a great privilege to be allowed to worship God by helping our fellow men? Swami Vivekananda
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Worship by doing good

  • And don’t waste time worshipping Harmony. Doing good was the worship. Brandon Sanderson
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Worship through inner stillness

  • When you are worshiping in external ways, your mind is outside, and God is hidden variously behind the dense barriers of material objects. But when you are worshiping God in the temple of silence within the body, you are right there with Him—your consciousness touching His Consciousness. Self-Realization shows you the way to this inner communion with God who is veritably enthroned in the depths of the heart. Paramahansa Yogananda
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Worship by being cheerful

  • Do not forget that even as “to work is to worship” so to be cheery is to worship also, and to be happy is the first step to being pious. Robert Louis Stevenson
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Worship by being yourself

  • An authentic life is the most personal form of worship. Everyday life has become my prayer. Sarah Ban Breathnach
  • Be who you are

Worship by creating

  • Every man is the builder of a temple, called his body, to the god he worships, after a style purely his own, nor can he get off by hammering marble instead. We are all sculptors and painters, and our material is our own flesh and blood and bones. Henry David Thoreau

Worship through work

  • When you are doing any work, do not think of anything beyond. Do it as worship, as the highest worship, and devote your whole life to it for the time being. Swami Vivekananda
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Worship though music

  • Next to the Word of God, music deserves the highest praise. The gift of language combined with the gift of song was given to man that he should proclaim the Word of God through Music. Martin Luther
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Worship God through loving nature

  • To pay homage to beauty is to admire Nature; to admire Nature is to worship God.
  • Why did men worship in churches, locking themselves away in the dark, when the world lay beyond its doors in all its real glory? Charles de Lint
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Worship with a sense of adventure

  • The worship of God is not a rule of safety– it is an adventure of the spirit, a flight after the unattainable. Alfred North Whitehead
  • Adventure

Here are some more ways to worship

  • My church helps me to keep a sky in my life and to look up, to keep my hand in God’s and hold on to Him, to see the eternal values above the material, to lift life above self to service for Christ, to see the good in others and praise it, to keep sweet and to keep busy for Him, to have a seeing eye, a feeling heart, a helping hand, to test the motive of life and choose the best, to do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly. The Watchman-Examiner
  • Stop what you are doing long enough to enjoy the sunset, listen to a special song that lifts you up, or pick up the phone and share some special thought with a caring friend. Barbara Johnson
  • Little self-denials, little honesties, little passing words of sympathy, little nameless acts of kindness, little silent victories over favorite temptations–these are the silent threads of gold which, when woven together, gleam out so brightly in the pattern of life that God approves. Frederic William Farrar

Worship with love and awe


Worship with reverence and awe

  • The soul of the Christian religion is reverence. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire. Holy Bible: King James Version
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Worship with joy and celebration

  • If there is no laughter, Jesus has gone somewhere else. If there is no joy and freedom, it is not a church: it is simply a crowd of melancholy people basking in a religious neurosis. If there is no celebration, there is no real worship. Steve Brown
  • We might be wise to follow the insight of the enraptured heart rather than the more cautious reasoning of the theological mind. A.W. Tozer
  • Even if your body isn’t healthy, your soul overcomes that, it doesn’t even care, it worships anyway, it’s joyful anyway. That’s what God wants to give you in your life. Lacey Mosley
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Worship with a heart of pure love

  • To love is to know your Creator. Love is indeed Torah, Bible, Geeta and Quran. Without love all worship is useless. The Love Book
  • What is important is not the specific manner in which God is worshiped but the degree to which the devotee is filled with love. Prem Prakash
  • When I worship, I would rather my heart be without words than my words be without heart. LaMar Boschman
  • That love is reverence, and worship, and glory, and the upward glance. Not a bandage for dirty sores. But they don’t know it. Those who speak of love most promiscuously are the ones who’ve never felt it. They make some sort of feeble stew out of sympathy, compassion, comtempt, and general indiference, and they call it love. Once you’ve felt what it means to love as you and I know it – the total passion for the total height – you are unable of anything else. Ayn Rand
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Worship with all your being and soul

  • Who will deny that true religion consists, in a great measure, in vigorous and lively actings of the inclination and will of the soul, or the fervent exercises of the heart? That religion which God requires, and will accept, does not consist in weak, dull, and lifeless, wishes, raising us but a little above a state of indifference. Jonathan Edwards
  • True worship is not just an emotional experience. It reaches to the very depths of our souls and touches every aspect of our being. Bill McCartney
  • In real worship,we just not do ritualistic worship but we try to imbibe the qualities of the one we are worshipping. Rig Veda
  • The whole person, with all his senses, with both mind and body, needs to be involved in genuine worship. Jerry Kerns

Worship without the need to conceptualise or describe God

  • Let’s worship Divinity, but understand the divinity we worship is beyond our comprehension. Sir John Templeton
  • Many Spirit-filled authors have exhausted the thesaurus in order to describe God with the glory He deserves. His perfect holiness, by definition, assures us that our words can’t contain Him. Isn’t it a comfort to worship a God we cannot exaggerate? Francis Chan
  • What the mind doesn’t understand, it worships or fears. Alice Walker

Worship a God of love


Your character is moulded by the character of the God you worship

  • It is of course evident that everything in one’s religious life depends upon the sort of God one worships. The character of the worshiper must necessarily be molded by the character of the object worshipped.  If it is a cruel and revengeful God, or a selfish and unjust God, the worshiper will be cruel, and revengeful, and selfish, and unjust, also.  If it is a loving, tender, forgiving, unselfish God, the worshiper will be loving, and tender, and forgiving, and unselfish, as well.  Hannah Whitall Smith
  • Worship changes the worshiper into the image of the One worshiped. Jack Hayford
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Worship a God of love, not a God of guilt and hate

  • Like springtime, the promise of a new era in man’s understanding of God is emerging. Now the level of consciousness of mankind is high enough to be able to recognize the truth of a God of Love instead of worshiping the god of guilt and hate. David R. Hawkins
  • There can be but little liberty on earth while men worship a tyrant in heaven. Robert Green Ingersoll
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Don’t worship what is known but question it

  • It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known, but to question it. Jacob Bronowski

Worship because you want to, not because you feel you must

  • God offers friendship, not lordship—and in return asks for friendship, not worship. Neale Donald Walsch

Does God really want to be worshipped all the time?

  • Let’s face it; God has a big ego problem. Why do we always have to worship him? Bill Maher
  • I cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time. Friedrich Nietzsche
  • There is no particular way that God wants you to worship God. Nor, in fact, does God need to be worshipped at all. God’s ego is not so fragile that She must require you to bow down to Her in fearful reverence, or grovel before Him in earnest supplication, in order to find you worthy of receiving blessings. What kind of Supreme Being would need to do this? What kind of God would this be? Meale Donald Walsch
  • If God existed (a question concerning which Jubal maintained a meticulous intellectual neutrality) and if He desired to be worshiped (a proposition which Jubal found inherently improbable but conceivably possible in the dim light of his own ignorance), then (stipulating affirmatively both the above) it nevertheless seemed wildly unlikely to Jubal to the point of reductio ad absurdum that a God potent to shape galaxies would be titillated and swayed by the whoop-to-do nonsense the Fosterites offered Him as “worship. Robert A. Heinlein
  • I don’t think God wants to be worshiped. I think the only pure worship of God is by loving one another, and I think all other forms of worship became a substitute for the love that we should show one another. Charles M. Schulz
  • I cannot conceive otherwise than that He, the Infinite Father, expects or requires no worship or praise from us, but that he is even infinitely above it. Benjamin Franklin

What not to worship


What we worship other than God will never truly satisfy us

  • Whatever we worship, short of God, is sure to be our undoing. Mignon McLaughlin
  • Because here’s something else that’s weird but true: in the day-to day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship. And the compelling reason for maybe choosing some sort of god or spiritual-type thing to worship — be it JC or Allah, be it YHWH or the Wiccan Mother Goddess, or the Four Noble Truths, or some inviolable set of ethical principles — is that pretty much anything else you worship will eat you alive. If you worship money and things, if they are where you tap real meaning in life, then you will never have enough, never feel you have enough. It’s the truth. Worship your body and beauty and sexual allure and you will always feel ugly. And when time and age start showing, you will die a million deaths before they finally grieve you. On one level, we all know this stuff already. It’s been codified as myths, proverbs, clichés, epigrams, parables; the skeleton of every great story. The whole trick is keeping the truth up front in daily consciousness. David Foster Wallace

Don’t worship convention

  • The worship of convention has never yet led to astonishment and a joyous leap in human potential. Tama J. Kieves

Don’t worship negative emotions

  • The strangest and most fantastic fact about negative emotions is that people actually worship them. P. D. Ouspensky
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Don’t worship the past

  • The past is to be respected and acknowledged, but not worshipped; it is our future in which we will find our greatness. Pierre Trudeau
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Don’t worship money and wealth

  • Prosperity is only an instrument to be used, not a deity to be worshipped. Calvin Coolidge
  • If money’s the god people worship, I’d rather go worship the devil instead. Jess C. Scott
  • If you worship money and things, if they are where you tap real meaning in life, then you will never have enough, never feel you have enough. It’s the truth. David Foster Wallace
  • Morals today are corrupted by our worship of riches. Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • The exclusive worship of the bitch-goddess Success is our national disease. William James
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Don’t worship war mongers

  • So long as men worship the Caesars and Napoleons, Caesars and Napoleons will duly arise and make them miserable. Aldous Huxley

Don’t worship politicians

  • Democracy is also a form of worship. It is the worship of Jackals by Jackasses. Henry Louis Mencken
  • Politics

Don’t confuse celebrity and hero worship

  • Celebrity-worship and hero-worship should not be confused. Yet we confuse them every day, and by doing so we come dangerously close to depriving ourselves of all real models.  We lose sight of the men and women who do not simply seem great because they are famous but are famous because they are great. We come closer and closer to degrading all fame into notoriety.  Daniel J. Boorstin
  • Hero-worship is strongest where there is least regard for human freedom. Herbert Spencer
  • Hero-worship in the sense of expressing our unbound admiration is one thing. To obey the hero is a totally different kind of worship. There is nothing wrong in the former while the latter is no doubt a most pernicious thing. The former is man’s respect for which is noble and of which the great men are only an embodiment. The latter is the serf’s fealty to his lord. The former is consistent with respect, but the latter is a sign of debasement. The former does not take away one’s intelligence to think and independence to act. The latter makes one perfect fool. The former involves no disaster to the state. The latter is a source of positive danger to it. B. R. Ambedkar
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Don’t worship science but do allow it to inform your worship

  • Without art, we should have no notion of the sacred; without science, we should always worship false gods. W.H. Auden
  • Science is not a sacred cow. Science is a horse. Don’t worship it. Feed it. Aubrey Eben
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Some argue we create God before worshipping him …

  • It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship God, but to create him. Arthur C. Clarke
  • People fashion their God after their own understanding. They make their God first and worship him afterwards. Oscar Wilde

… and that some are most inclined to worship themselves

  • The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself. Richard Burton
  • Which of the religions of the world gives to its followers the greatest happiness? While it lasts, the religion of worshiping oneself is best. S. Lewis

Final thoughts

  • And what greater calamity can fall upon a nation than the loss of worship. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • A person can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling “darkness” on the walls of his or her cell. C. S. Lewis
  • Even if the most sinful person resolves to worship Me with single-minded loving devotion, such a person must be regarded as a saint because of making the right resolution. Bhagavad Gita
  • Seven Deadly Sins: Wealth without work. Pleasure without conscience. Science without humanity. Knowledge without character. Politics without principle. Commerce without morality. Worship without sacrifice. Mahatma Gandhi
  • No man can worship God or love his neighbor on an empty stomach. Woodrow T. Wilson

On a lighter note

  • A self-made man? Yes, and one who worships his creator. William Cowper
  • Christmas is a time when people of all religions come together to worship Jesus Christ.  Bart Simpson
  • Democracy: The worship of jackals by jackasses.  L. Mencken
  • I bet Egyptians were all like “Yo, nobody in history will ever worship and revere cats like we do” and then came the internet.
  • I love her so much, I worship the ground her father found oil on.
  • I worship the quicksand he walks in.  Art Buchwald
  • I’d worship the ground you walked on if only you walked in a better neighbourhood. Billy Wilder
  • I’ve begun worshipping the sun for a number of reasons. First of all, unlike some other gods I could mention, I can see the sun. It’s there for me every day. And the things it brings me are quite apparent all the time: heat, light, food, and a lovely day. There’s no mystery, no one asks for money, I don’t have to dress up, and there’s no boring pageantry. And interestingly enough, I have found that the prayers I offer to the sun and the prayers I formerly offered to “God” are all answered at about the same 50% rate. George Carlin
  • If a traveller were informed that such a man was the leader of the House of Commons he might begin to comprehend how the Egyptians worshipped an insect.  Benjamin Disraeli
  • In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this. Terry Pratchett
  • In order to keep a true perspective of one’s importance, everyone should have a dog that will worship him and a cat that will ignore him. Dereke Bruce
  • My body is a temple where junk food goes to worship.
  • My uncle is deeply religious. He worships himself.
  • Ouiser could never stay mad at me; she worships the quicksand I walk on.  Olympia Dukakis
  • She not only worships the golden calf she barbecues it for lunch.  Oscar Levant
  • Sleep is God. Go worship. Jim Butcher