“Worship is to feel in your heart and express in some appropriate manner a humble but delightful sense of admiring awe and astonished wonder and over-powering love in the presence of that most ancient Mystery, that Majesty which philosophers call the first Cause, but which we call “Our Father which art in heaven.”” (D. J. Flint, A. W. Tozer, Christian Publications, 1964, page 90.
Jesus made it clear to the woman in John 4 that worship did not depend on a place or a building. “The hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship Him. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (4:23–24).
Notice the emphasis Jesus places on the spirit of the person who engages in worship. Truth must be governing the inner man. This is not an option! Anyone who presents worship to God the Father “must worship in spirit and truth!” This is extremely challenging to me and should be for all of us. So often we enter worship as a routine, but our hearts and minds (the inner man) are not worshipping with purity and truth. God is “seeking such people to worship Him.” The next time you gather with the children of God for worship, think seriously about what is going on in your heart. Does it drive you to repentance and renewing your relationship with God through receiving His forgiveness based on HIS truth?
One more note on this subject: consider your relationship with God. Does your life respect Him as “our Father?” “This people honor me with their lips, but their heart is far from me” (Matthew 15:8). May that not be of you and me!
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