John 4:23-24New Living Translation (NLT)
23 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. 24 For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.”
We have survived another week! The weekend is here…it is cloudy where I am and has been raining, but it is a beautiful fresh morning!
I love Spring mornings when it has rained and everything feels like it has been rinsed. The air is clear and has the fresh-clean smell of rain! Ahh! One of the things I love about the mid-west!
As we prepare to end one week and start another; I thought that this verse was appropriate. Many of us will wake up in the morning and attend our local church services.
Many churches will start the services off with worship music. I have to be honest here; I don’t always enjoy this part…truthfully, I have been known to arrive a little late – just to “miss” it.
I heard a radio broadcast a couple of weeks ago and it really convicted my heart.
I regret that I do not remember who was speaking; likely it was David Jeremiah, Michael Yousef , Charles Stanley, or Chuck Swindoll. They are the four that are typically speaking, but I am not sure who it was.
The message was about worship; it spoke about singing and praise music. Did you know that when we are “singing” the songs during worship…it is meant to be worship?
Yes, you can say it…Duh! I know it sounds like a silly question…but stick with me :-)!
When you are singing the words to the songs…you are offering those words to God as praise and worship! It in a sense is like prayer to him.
Often, if you look around, you will notice many people lip singing, not singing, or singing…but just because they feel they have too.
Occasionally, you will see those with their hands in the air, dancing and singing with all their heart. Sometimes, we look at these people and think – that’s a bit much now isn’t it; a little theatrical maybe?
Well, what convicted me was when the speaker said -if you are singing with your mouth, but not your heart…you shouldn’t be singing at all.
I am in church, there is a band, they are singing, the words are in front of me…why should I not sing…I like this song.
Perhaps we feel we have to sing or maybe we do like the songs that have been selected. God wants us to sing these songs with our hearts as much as our voice! We are PRAISING him and if we don’t feel it in our hearts…it is like a prayer that is just being spoken, but not felt.
In todays verse(s): 23 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. 24 For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.”
We are told that we are to worship in spirit and in truth. (I honestly had to do some looking to fully understand this.) What I found is that God is not limited to any one place or time…for example – Church. He is Spirit so he is everywhere!
When we walk into church…this shouldn’t be the only time that we are worshiping him, praying to him and learning about him. We need to not just bring ourselves and our families to church, but we need to bring “church” (Christ) to our families….daily!
Since God is Spirit…we can and need to worship and praise him at home, before bedtime, before dinner, in the car…anywhere!
Our worship needs to be genuine and true – meaning we can’t just speak the words or sing the songs…what comes out of our mouth needs to be coming from our heart.
Think about it – if you were being recognized for something and everyone in the audience started cheering; you would be excited for the praise. Think of your disappointment – when you turned around and noticed on the projection screen the word “applaud”.
The only reason everyone started cheering- because they were reading the instructions…the words on the screen :-(.
It is the same with our Praise and Worship to God. He wants it to be real and genuine…if you are just going along with the flow, it is honestly more of an insult.
Make sure your worship is coming from your heart and not just out your mouth. Those you see raising their hands and dancing…they are doing it right! We don’t have to dance, but we need to feel the praise that we are giving to God coming from our heart! If it is genuine and true praise…we would likely feel like dancing :-).
Let your worship be in spirit and in truth!