Worship in Spirit & in Truth
January 1st, 2015
At Metropolitan Baptist Church our yearly theme for 2015 is ‘worship’. The Word ‘worship’ is found no less than 198 times in the Holy Bible. It is an important subject in the Word of God. Why? Because we have been created to ‘worship God’ – Revelation 19:10.
What will we be doing in heaven? Simply, it is summed up in one word – ‘worship’.
What does it mean to worship God? The word ‘worship comes from the Anglo Saxon word “worth-ship.” We are to testify to the worth of God. To show Him His worth, He is worthy of our full honour.
It is to bow before Him. Frequently in the Scriptures you will find the word ‘bow’ connected with the act of worship. Within the biblical setting, you honour a person by bowing or literally falling before them.
Genesis 24:51-52 “Behold, Rebekah is before thee, take her, and go, and let her be thy master’s son’s wife, as the LORD hath spoken. And it came to pass, that, when Abraham’s servant heard their words, he worshipped the LORD, bowing himself to the earth.”
With all the variety of worship that takes place today, may the Lord give us a greater understanding of ‘worship’ and may He guide us to worship His way; in spirit and in truth – John 4:23-24
God, who is Spirit, calls for worship in spirit and in truth. There must be a spiritual relationship with God if we are to worship God. Also, our worship and how we worship God, needs to be governed by the Word of God.
A.W. Tozer said; “The whole substance of the bible teaches that God wants us to worship Him. But while God wants us to worship Him, we can’t worship him just any way we will. The One who made us to worship Him has decreed how we shall worship Him. He accepts only the worship which He Himself has decreed.”
We must deal with our preconceived ideas about worship and then we need to yield to God’s means of worship. Only then will we worship God in spirit and in truth.
Jesus Christ said to Satan ‘Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve.’ – Matthew 4:10.
Biblical worship centers in the person and work of Jesus Christ. He is worthy of our worship, so let’s worship God correctly and effectively in 2015.