Friday, October 19, 2012

Worship III: Worship in Truth

Stop: Make sure you've read Worship I and Worship II before you proceed.

We all worship, all the time, all of us are worshipping. But does our worship matter? Is it seen, heard and felt in heaven? What is God looking for from us in our worship? The answer is found in John 4:23-24 where Jesus tells us what God is looking for;

"Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth."

We looked last at Worship in Spirit and today we take a look at the other side of the coin; truth. It is not enough to worship with passion and fullness apart from worshipping in truth. Not only is he looking for spirit-worship, but worship that God accepts must be done in truth, with correct “theology." Theology is a big word, but all it means is "our study and understanding of God." That's it. Which means that we are all theologians...every single one of us has a certain view of God and who He is. Whether or not that view is accurate is another matter.

A.W. Tozer reminds all of us; “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us. A right conception of God…is to worship what the foundation is to the temple; where it is inadequate or out of plumb the whole structure must sooner or later collapse.” 

Our theology fuels our worship, and our worship reveals our theology. In other words, how we view God and what we believe about Him will fuel and drive our worship. And how we worship God reveals what we believe about Him.

Question: Are you (and I) worshipping in truth? Do we have a right "theology" of God? Are we responding to God as we have made Him out to be, or as He has made Him out to be?

I believe this is the number 1 thing most fiercely fought over in the spiritual realm and on earth…who is God? There’s a giant smear-campaign going on by Satan and all his minions…to get us to buy into an incomplete or in-accurate view of God.

So who is He and how can we make sure we’re worshipping in truth? Fortunately for us, God helps us answer that question…He gives us His Son, His Word, His Sprit, and His Creation. And it is incumbent on us to constantly measure our views of God against His full revelation.

Spirit and Truth…two sides of the same coin, and the coin is worship. You cannot worship God with Spirit only - you'd be full worshipping, but who or what? Nor can you worship God with Truth only - He doesn't accept worship that is not given from our inward self. God accepts and is in fact looking for worshippers who worship him fully sold out to spirit and truth. Not a balance of both, but fully both.

Again, MacDonald puts it this way: "Therefore, those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. There must be no sham or hypocrisy. There must be no pretense to being religious, when inwardly one’s life is corrupt. There must be no idea that in going through a series of rituals, God is thereby pleased. Even if God instituted those rituals Himself, He still insists that man approach Him with a broken and a contrite heart."

True worshippers MUST worship Him in spirit and in truth…and we will spend a few going deeper into "worshipping in truth" - namely, we'll look at how God has revealed Himself to us. Next up - worship defined.

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