Come, let us bow down in worship,
let us kneel before the LORD our Maker;
for he is our God
and we are the people of his pasture,
the flock under his care. Psalm 95:6-7
The psalmist here is telling us to worship God as our maker and as the one who looks after and provides for us. The word in Hebrew for worship literal means, “to bow down low (in worship); prostrate oneself; pay one honor, or give to homage”. The word “homage” that you see in the definition of the Hebrew word for worship can have three different meanings. The first meaning is this: a feudal ceremony by which a man acknowledges himself the vessel of a lord; the relationship between a feudal lord and his vessel; or an act done or payment made in meeting the obligation due from a vessel to a feudal lord. The second meaning is an expression of high regard; or respect. And the third meaning is something that shows respect or attests to the worth or influence of another; or to pay tribute. When used to define worship in a true Biblical sense all of the definitions of the word homage come into use. When we worship in a Biblical sense we are acknowledging that everything we have or ever will have comes directly from God, which fulfills the first meaning of the word homage. When we worship in a Biblical sense we are also expressing our high regard or respect for God, thus fulfilling the second meaning for the word homage. And finally when we worship in a Biblical sense we are doing something that shows respect or attests to the worth or influence of God in our lives, which means that we are paying tribute to God. And in order to truly worship in a Biblical sense you must fulfill all three of these meaning of the word homage.