D. A. Carson admits that his definition of worship is “too long and too complex,” but in his defense he takes 36 pages to explain each element in his chapter “Worship under the Word,” in Worship by the Book, ed. Carson (Zondervan, 2002), p. 26.
This side of the Fall, human worship of God properly responds to the redemptive provisions that God has graciously made.
While all true worship is God-centered, Christian worship is no less Christ-centered. Empowered by the Spirit and in line with the stipulations of the new covenant, it manifests itself in all our living, finding its impulse in the gospel, which restores our relationship with our Redeemer-God and therefore also with our fellow image-bearers, our co-worshipers.
Such worship therefore manifests itself both in adoration and in action, both in the individual believer and in corporate worship, which worship offered up in the context of the body of believers, who strive to align all the forms of their devout ascription of all worth to God with the panoply of new covenant mandates and examples that bring to fulfillment the glories of antecedent revelation and anticipate the consummation.
(HT: Justin Taylor)