Worship! What does it exactly mean?
Worship was a term that I struggled with for a long time, until the Holy Spirit revealed its true meaning. As a songwriter and musician who grew up in the church, the scope of my finite mind had always been fixated on simply music. But, I always had this visceral feeling that the scope of worship went well beyond the beautiful sounds of the Hammond organ, drums and keyboards in my local church. I later learned that worship is giving honor and respect to God.
In His well-known discourse with the Samaritan woman at the well (John :20-24), Our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus, uncovered important truths that He would be bringing about through his death, resurrection and ascension. In verses 23 and 24, Jesus says, "But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for the Father seeketh such to worship Him. God is a Spirit; and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth."
Worship would no longer be confined to a certain place (i.e., Gerizim or Jerusalem) or form; whether, it would be focused on the manner of worship and the source of worship, which is salvation through Christ Jesus! The redeemed people of God could give honor and reverence to God everywhere and at all times and uniquely in the assembled presence of God's redeemed people. But, the requirements were that worship to God had to be "in spirit and in truth."
Tonight, we will look solely at worshipping God in spirit. What does this phrase necessarily mean? Is this manner of worship reserved for the super-spiritual individuals in the Body of Christ? Absolutely not.
As Dr. John Macarthur aptly states, "To worship in spirit is to have a spirit transformed by regeneration, to think on God, to concentrate all of our faculties oh Him and His work. And those thoughts rise from the discovery and the meditation of the Word of God and flow back to God through an undivided heart."
Let us worship our Father in spirit today! As a regenerated child of God, focus totally on the wonder of God with a heart that desires His presence and thoughts that are consumed on Him based on consistent mediation of His Word.
We will look at worshipping God "in truth" in this exciting series about worship. Until next time, "Worship More. Live Better." #DeeperWorship