When the exile becomes a reality, the temple was destroyed, no one could pray as before. In the exile, the Israelites realized that God’s presence could be experienced everywhere. Yet, today, how many of us believe that worshipping God only happens in the confines of our church sanctuary? Just as God is an ever-present part of our lives, our worship and devotion to Him must never cease.
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.
John 4:23-24 NKJV
Now, this is Jesus speaking to the Samaritan woman at the well. Jesus wants the woman and us, the readers to know: the correct place to worship God is where God is worshipped in truth. It means, the place to worship God is where His people are dwelling. Because we know His truth, and we know that Jesus is the Truth, we can worship Him in Truth. In knowing Christ, we know the Father.
God is seeking for people to worship Him, but we must worship according to His terms. In verse 24, Jesus continues, “God is Spirit.” In worship, it is our spirit that relates directly to God. Our spirit is in direct communion with God’s Spirit.
Worship is both an Attitude and an Act
The word, “Worship” in English means to “ascribe worth.” In true worship, our hearts must be changed. Worship is not about us, it is about God. True worship begins when our hearts love, revere and honor God. From this attitude of heart, proceeds the acts of worship.
And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments of the Lord and His statutes which I command you today for your good?
Deuteronomy 10:12-13 NKJV
This is what the Lord requires from us, to both fear and love Him, to walk in His ways. Are you in total submission and obedience to the Father? You cannot go further without these attitudes.
True worship requires obedience. Obedience is pleasing to God, If you love Me, keep My commandments (John 14:15). Obedience in itself is an act of worship. In Romans 12:1, true and proper worship is liken to us offering our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God. The mercies of God motivates us to offer to Him our sincere love and wholehearted obedience.
Worship is R.E.A.L
Worshipping the one true God require real experiences of worship. Real worship is relational, experiential, awe-filled, and life-changing. The act of worship grants us intimacy with God, it grants us fresh encounters with Him, it overwhelms us with awe for Him, and it deeply transform our lives. Are you overwhelmed by the awesomeness of God’s presence in your life? The truest purpose of our existence is to glorify and worship God. Our lives can only be made whole when we worship God will an undivided heart.
For everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen.
Romans 11:36 NLT
God is worthy of our worship. Everything in existence is created by God and is for His glory. One day, all of creation will come together in exalting God (Revelation 5:13, 7:9-12). And worship shall never cease (Revelation 4:8).
My prayer is for you to experience R.E.A.L worship in the truth of Christ. In this life, our greatest act of worship is to live a life totally surrendered to God. When we set eternity in our hearts, we realize the greatest need today is to build His kingdom on this earth. As we are being prepared for eternity, let us live in the powerful reality of eternity. Knowing Christ is above everything that the world has to offer, you have an eternal destiny and purpose in Christ. Let’s live a worshipful life in light of this truth.