Philosophy/Theology of worship
I have seen that all the methods and models of worship have been spawned out of another model and method. All of the styles of worship are based on traditions, whether it is to preserve the traditions or run away from them. Traditions are supported or destroyed by innovations, initiatives, rehabilitation, restorations, or deconstruction. Innovations have spawned new worship environments, not due to technology, but because of the different cultures that spawn over time. “Most of these innovations were birthed out of failure and frustration and usually applied where a church was not growing or was dead. Because the former church was not doing what it should do, someone had asked the question, “what if…” and then prayerfully came up with a new innovation to preach the gospel and win people to Christ.” (Bird, Stetzer and Towns, Eleven Innovations in the Local Church 2007)
I believe that the message of Jesus Christ needs to be shared with every man, woman and child - no matter how the message is shared. The message is pure, and the methods are changing. Methods change like their bodies; people wrinkle, shrink, expand, and contract. Their personalities change and even sometimes their voices change. The appearance of their bodies changes over time. People appear different, but people still maintain the same DNA, chromosomes, cell structure. No matter how many surgeries, organ transplants, lifts, and changes people go through, their blood type stays the same. At the core of their existence people are the same; the core never changes. The church models change the appearance of the message and it even changes the perception of the message; however, as long as people understand the core nature and heart of God through the death, burial and resurrection of the Son of God nothing else matters.
My Old Testament theology of worship is grounded in what Elmer Towns describes. Elmer says, “Prayer is a relationship.” In the beginning God created the Heavens and the earth. Why do the Heavens have so many stars? Because God is so big. We have suns out there that are so big that they would take up our whole universe. Why are they so big? Because we have a big God. A being that is so BIG deserves worship. Worship is giving ‘worthship’ that is due to God.
Angels were created in the beginning of time. God cannot worship himself, so He created angels to worship Him. Lucifer fell, because he started worshiping himself. So, God started over and created man, and He wanted fellowship with man.
Worship is at the foundation of God’s work in human and biblical history. God the Creator is the very first truth in the Bible. The creation is His fingerprints. True worship presupposes this fundamental distinction as displayed in Isaiah 45:18
18 For this is what the LORD says--
He who created the heavens,
He is God; he who fashioned and made the earth,
He founded it; he did not create it to be empty,
but formed it to be inhabited--
He says: “I am the LORD, and there is no other.
The fall of man challenged this primary distinction of Isaiah 45:18 - God’s unique glory. Satan made it possible for Adam and Eve to directed their worship from God. In the Garden, Satan said to Eve, “You will be like God.” Adam and Eve’s belief that they can be like God led them directly into false worship.
Christ came to restore true worship by reversing the effects of the fall in three ways. Christ has enabled us to glorify God as God, and give thanks to Him (John 4:21). Christ has enabled us to exchange images for the glory of God and to create true worshipers (John 4:23). Christ has enabled us to exchange the life we have for a new one (John 4:25).
The father doesn’t seek pastors, missionaries, and evangelists; He seeks true worshipers.
We need to draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith. Draw near to God because ‘Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.’ So, therefore we need to worship, because God is worthy of our worship. We deserve death and have been given life, and we were created to worship God.
 Genesis 3:5
 Ron Man, “WRSP 635 Intensive” (lecture, Liberty University, Center for Worship, Lynchburg, VA, October 4, 2011).
 Life Application Study Bible NIV, 2nd ed. (Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 2004), 1 Pet. 3:18.