“In this world, our hunger for worship will wax and wane. It’s appropriate and imperative that we ask God to rekindle a worshipful spirit within us. Sometimes the most powerful prayer we can pray is, God make me a worshiper.” Augustine.
One of the most profound teachings on worship is found in a beautiful dialogue between Jesus and a Samaritan woman. Jesus, the Great Iconoclast was always doing the unpredictable! This time, He purposes to go out of His way to meet this worshiper.
John 4:19- 24 The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. “Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. ”You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. “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.” Isn’t it amazing that Jesus isn’t teaching this woman ‘worship genre’! It’s not even on the radar screen.
At Faith, we will not concentrate our efforts into any one worship genre. We will use music that exalts the beautiful name of Jesus and prepares hearts for the Word of God. End of Discussion.
“If Christianity is the transformation of rebels into worshipers of God, then it is imperative for the Christian to know and understand what constitutes biblical worship. Truly defining worship proves difficult because it is both an attitude and an act. All true worshipers must worship God in “spirit and in truth.” That is, true worship takes place on the inside, in the heart or spirit of the worshiper. Pleasing worship to God is unfeigned and transparent, offered with a humble and pure heart.
Worship “in truth” connects the heart or spirit of worship with the truth about God and His work of redemption as revealed in the person of Jesus Christ and the Scriptures! The true worship of God is essentially internal, a matter of the heart and ‘spirit rooted’ in the knowledge of and obedience to the revealed Word of God.”
Worship is our joyful expression of His infinite worth. It is an elevation, an exaltation of the name of Jesus- it is our life response to His salvation and His goodness. “All my life You have been faithful, all my life You have been so, so good, With every breath that I am able, I will sing of the goodness of God.” Bethel Worship
One of the most beautiful pictures of the eternal kingdom is the gathering of worshipers. These are moments when we truly sense ‘heaven come down’, a nearness to God and harmony with His people – people who are weary, people who are burdened with sin, people who are thirsty for grace- every worshiper hoping for the in-breaking of the Spirit. It is the place where humble worshipers gather to praise the perfect Jesus. “The place where music and worship meet is a divine mystery of sorts”. (Temi Peters)
Oh God, make us worshipers fit for Your Kingdom.