What is the Biblical difference between Worship and Respect? Are they the same, is there overlap, or does one pick up where the other leaves off? During my journey to truly understand Idol Worship, and how not to do that. I found where it says to respect parents(Lev 19:3), general respect for everyone (1Pe 2:17), and other places as well. Now it is also said "Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength." (Deuteronomy 6:5), "Fear the LORD your God, serve him only and take your oaths in his name." (Deuteronomy 6:13), and "Do not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God." (Exodus 34:14).
Now it has been clearly stated "You shall not bow down to them or worship them..." (Exd 20:5). Yet here "Then David went out of the cave and called out to Saul, “My lord the king!” When Saul looked behind him, David bowed down and prostrated himself with his face to the ground." (1Sa 24:8), and here "When Abigail saw David, she quickly got off her donkey and bowed down before David with her face to the ground." (1Sa 25:23). So logically I think, hmm should have David did this? Or should have Abigale done this? A person is part of creation therefore also an object, so could this have been a form of worship? Or a form of respect? Or is there something from this for me to learn?
Also here we are to respect what God has made "They have harps and lyres at their banquets, pipes and timbrels and wine, but they have no regard for the deeds of the LORD, no respect for the work of his hands." (Isa 5:12), yet here we see that that respect must not become love "Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them." (1 John 2:15).
Therefore since such a great call for respect is expected from us, I being an extremest do not want to overdo giving respect, making myself guilty of worship people. Therefore knowing when respect becomes worship, is very very important to me!