” 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.”
The very base of this text informs the reader that God is seeking worshipers. The one thing above all things that God desires of men is worship. If it is true that we are saved that we may serve, how much more profoundly true it is that we are saved that we may worship.
So what exactly is worship? I see so many, even Christians in the church, that try to make that connection with God; straining for His presence in their lives, reaching for but a taste, a palpable presence they can hold onto, if even for a fleeting moment, for a surety of His existence to quench their turmoil and know that the Almighty is with them.
Worship is an explicit, precise and definitive act of the soul to God. To worship God is to bow oneself at the feet of the I AM in FULL supplication, surrender and reverie of one’s Creator. Worship is separate from prayer, as in prayer we are mostly occupied with our needs and desires; worship is separate from thanksgiving, as in thanksgiving we are occupied with our blessings. In worship, pure and unadulterated, untainted, we are occupied and consumed with HIM, and HIM alone. This is not to say it is not possible to worship in thanksgiving and prayer, but that worship can, and does have a need to stand alone so that the occupying mind/spirit thrust of seeking connection to the very presence of God can be absolute.
We owe our worship to God and it is our first duty. To not worship our Creator is to rob Him of the very thing that He is rightfully due. Yet we must also remember that worship of our God is not just a duty but a privilege; and not just a privilege, but a privilege full of blessing. There is no more pure, satisfying, deeper, delightful, gratifying, refreshing, sweet, satiating act than that of the act of adoration of such a beautiful God as ours.
In our walk with Jesus, we try to emulate Him. We try to be more like Him. There is no better way to do this than to seek the face of God. Worship of God will bring us closer to Him and thus His likeness; it is by looking at Him that we are made like Him. Our transformation into His likeness will transpire through the unabridged and luminous vision we have in Him. This blessed privilege will transform us in power for life, for service, for worship.
We must worship in an acceptable manner. The bible tells us in John 4:24,
” God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
We must come to the Lord not just with our mouth, but with an open spirit, not with just mere words that hold no meaning, but with a poured out heart; empty and ready to be filled with His holy presence. There must be no barrier; it must be in truth.
John 14:6 says,
” Jesus said to him, ” I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
All worship must be through Jesus Christ. There is no other way to come to the Father except through Him. It is in His Name that we reach the Father and by the Holy Spirit that we are empowered.
Philippians 3:3 says,
” For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Jesus Christ, and have no confidence in the flesh.”
My friends, let us pour ourselves out, that He, our great God and Savior, can pour Himself in. Let us worship freely, in Spirit and in Truth. Let us seek His face with all of our might and let us connect, spirit to Spirit; meshing eternity to the here and now and experience His merciful grace as we have never been able to ever imagine before. Amen…..