Again, we look at the phrase and Biblical directive to “worship Him in spirit and in truth.” It is through the lens of John 4:20-24 that we attempt to look through the window of such deep revelation that is often misunderstood.
In a previous exploration, we dove into the meaning of worshipping God in spirit. As noted, the Word of God makes it crystal clear that we have 1) to be regenerated, 2) to continually think on God, 3) to concentrate on God and His work, 4) to continually meditate on His Word, and 5) to praise God from a heart that’s fixed on Him.
Now, the focus shifts to worshipping God in truth. Again, for some believers, we can read over this portion of Scripture over and over, and the proverbial light bulb still doesn’t come on. What exactly is meant by worshipping in truth?
The discourse between Christ Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well is one of my favorite portions of the Word of God. After the Lord reveals her adulteries, the Word details that the Samaritan woman perceives that Christ Jesus is a prophet from God and perhaps the Messiah. In the context of this thinking, she asks, in a nutshell, what is the proper place for worship? Christ Jesus answers that “God is Spirit”; thus, worship is not restricted to any location.
From historical research, it appears that the Samaritans were fairly enthusiastic, excited and faithful regarding worship. The problem was that they didn’t know what they were worshipping. They were missing the right information. They really didn’t know the fullness of what they were worshipping. It is fairly clear that they worshipped God without the truth. Well, what is that truth? Simply, it is the Word of God!
Worshipping God in spirit, as outlined above, is a necessity but it has to be done according to the Word of God. To worship God only in spirit and without truth will leave you unbalanced.
Being committed to systematic studying of the Word of God on a daily basis and sound expository preaching on a weekly basis is foundational to worshipping in truth. Biblical truth is at the heart of worship. Enthusiasm and feeling are important, but they must be linked to the truth, which is the Word of God.