Worship in truth – pt 1
Worship is powerful when we get it right. God’s presence fills our lives and we come to know Him deeper and deeper. The problems we face surrender to the sovereignty of who He is and His care and provision for us. Worship allows us to refocus ourselves from trying to do things our way, and brings us again to the place where we submit and align ourselves again to His hand and plans. At least when we get it right it does.
“But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.” John 4:23-24 NLT
Every time I have read these verses I have asked how do we worship in Spirit and in truth? Worshiping in truth takes on two facets. The first is that we must worship God for who He really is. So many people talk about God in our world. We have people who talk about a God who is not the God revealed in scripture. There are so many ideas put forward in our day that have nothing to do with God at all. God is not a vengeful judge. And He is not an all accepting loving deity with no expectations either. He isn’t a faceless far off uninvolved substance drifting in space.
When we worship we need to come to a place where we are willing to yield to God and let Him describe Himself. We can find who God is in scripture. Jesus came to earth to show the Father to us. Jesus said “To see me is to see the Father.” John 14:9 MSG. We can read how Jesus interacted with people on earth and see how He lived. We can learn of God in our relationship with Him. Jesus states in John 17:3 “all who receive Me will experience everlasting life, a new intimate relationship with You (the one True God) and Jesus the Anointed (the One You have sent)” Voice.
If we are willing to yield our expectations and understandings about God and allow Him to speak to us He will bring us into new understanding of who He really is. All through scripture God revealed Himself to people and caused their understanding of Him to deepen and grow. Every time God named Himself in scripture it was to describe His nature to people and He is still doing that today. But we have to be willing to let go of our current understanding.
If we refuse to let go of our understanding of God as a vengeful judge ready to jump on you every time you do something wrong you will never be able to see the loving caring side of God who deeply desires to free you and care for your every need. If you simply see God as a big bully in the sky, you will never come to understand God as your staunch defender. So much of what we see about God has little to do with who God truly is. And we can never worship God for who He is if we are unwilling to let go of our current understanding.
God is actively seeking those who are willing to worship Him in truth. Who will let Him reveal Himself to them. It is up to us to be willing to open our hearts to receive what He is so willing to share