The Seven Worshipper Temperaments

“Jesus answered, “The foremost is, ‘Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is one Lord; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”” (Mark 12:29-31)

Recently I have been reading a book called “Sacred Pathways,” and it inspired me to come up with an idea of categorizing seven different kinds of temperaments or dispositions that a Christian might have as he/she worships God. These temperaments are based on Mark 12:30-31. Most people tend toward one or two of these temperaments. See which one you are:

1. Emotional Worshipper (“with all your heart”): “True worship happens when I can celebrate and surrender to God freely and spontaneously”
– Values emotional expressions during worship experiences, whether in joy or in tears
Exemplary biblical character: David (dancing undignified before the Lord, a man after God’s heart)

2. Soulful Worshipper (“with all your soul”): “True worship happens when my soul meets with His Holy Spirit”
– Emphasizes spiritual two-way communication with the Holy Spirit and with God, through intimate prayers, signs and wonders, etc. 
Exemplary biblical character: Daniel (prays to God often, interprets dreams, sees visions, escapes from lion’s den)

3. Intellectual Worshipper (“with all your mind”): “True worship is grounded in God’s truth”
– Desires to have intimate knowledge of God through enlightenment of Scriptural passages or studying of Christian literature
Exemplary biblical character: Luke (does careful research when writing the gospel according to Luke)

4. Practical Worshipper (“with all your strength”): “True worship compels a believer to action”
– Renders an “act of worship” by doing something good in church service or in social action
Exemplary biblical character: Moses (confronts Pharaoh, leads Israelites)

5. Relational Worshipper (“love your neighbor”): “True worship is reflected in how well we love others”
– Loves God by caring for the needs of the brethren and our “neighbor”
Exemplary biblical character: Mordecai (cares for and protects Esther) or Jonathan (cares for and protects David)

6. Personal Worshipper (“as yourself”): “True worship happens when we strip away all the distractions and just retreat and wait upon the Lord”
– Seeks God best when alone rather than in a group environment, when in a simple meditative environment rather than in a multi-sensory boisterous atmosphere
Exemplary biblical character: John the Baptist (lives ascetic life in the wilderness)

7. Balanced Worshipper
– Well-rounded in being able to worship God through various ways, at various times, and in different situations
Exemplary biblical character: Jesus

First and foremost, you should worship God using whatever tendencies and temperaments that God has created you with, and don’t feel forced to worship in a manner that is unnatural to you. However, everyone should strive to be a balanced, well-rounded worshipper of God, because it is not enough to just love God using “all of” one area, but in multiple ways and in full effect.

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One thought on “The Seven Worshipper Temperaments

  1. amen… I’m learning that about some of my b/s in my church as well… They might not be into contemporary & intimate praise songs as I’d like them to, but some of them worship the Lord with their caring, some with their will for learning more about His Words, and some with simple love for their b/s, etc… I think we all have so much to learn from each other… :-)

    God delights in all kinds of worship, as long as they worship Him in truth and spirit… :-)

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