John 4:23-24 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.
The time is now, when we can worship God, any place, any time. Whether it be at church, home, in the car, alone or collectively. The restrictions have been lifted & we can worship where we want to, when we want to.
Jesus had an important job to do & His time here on earth would revolutionise the relationship between creator God and human kind in a profoundly breathtaking way.
When Jesus died on the cross, the veil was torn, enabling us to have direct access to God. One’s past, culture or background is irrelevant; everyone is free to worship Jesus.
The definition of a worshipper is,
‘One who shows great reverence, love and adoration for God, whereby God is given the highest esteem, at the top of of a persons priorities’.
True worship requires our whole heart and withholds nothing in complete surrender to God. This is reflected in every part of our lives, not just Sunday mornings in church.
True worship is the evidence of a redeemed and forgiven soul, living their everyday life in surrender to the fullness and majesty of God. This kind of ‘true worship’ is exaggerated, extravagant and does not hold back from expressing love and admiration for Jesus.
Worship is the outpouring of a grateful heart and is not dependent upon circumstances. Rather, it holds fast to the knowledge of the goodness of God and His love for us. A ‘True Worshipper’ worships God in every season.
When we worship in Spirit and in Truth, we do this simultaneously, however, for the purpose of this study, we will look at them separately to begin with.
To worship in Spirit
We have been created with a spirit, which is at the very core of who we are. When we worship, our spirit connects with God and we go beyond what is physical.
God is Spirit, so when connecting with God in worship, we step out of the physical realm and into the spiritual.
We cannot do this without first being filled with The Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit that gives us understanding and then enables us to connect with God. The Holy Spirit is not earned or learned but is a gift to be received when you confess that Jesus is Lord of all.
Spiritual eyes are opened when you receive the Holy Spirit and you begin to perceive things as God does.
To worship in Truth
The word worship derives from worth-ship.
When we worship God in truth, we are confessing that God is worthy of all our worship. We confess the truth of who God is and what He has done for us, even during times of discouragement.
We worship knowing the truth; that our God is good, merciful, forgiving and full of love. Despite what our circumstances say, we declare the truth in worship, that God is love and is for us and not against us.
We worship God in the truth of
• Who God is
• Who we are in God
• What God has done for us
We connect with God through the Holy Spirit declaring the truth of who God is and what He has done for us.
“Worship is our innermost being responding with praise for all that God is, through our attitudes, actions, thoughts, and words, based on the truth of God as He has revealed Himself” (John MacArthur The Ultimate Priority p. 127).
True worship is connection. Its that moment when our spirit collides with our maker and Father and behold His beauty.
God wants to fulfil a relationship with us, through worship, whereby there is a two way communication process. God does not want us bound up in religion where we are forced to worship Him. God wants to have a relationship with us and He wants to connect with us.
“Worship is connection, we’re not just singing to the sky. Worship is connection, we’re singing to the One who’s been singing over us the whole time.” Amanda Cook (Bethel)