Wednesday, 25 November 2020
John 4:24 God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.
Lots of people wander around saying they they are, or are seeking a place to, worship in "spirit and truth" without actually knowing what it means. Is it exciting worship that make you feel good? Is it loud or soft? Gentle or bouncy? Can worship ever be driven?
Essentially, these are the wrong questions. We need to know that our worship is pleasing and acceptable to God, that our worship is inspired by His Spirit and is offered in truth: without mixed motives or deception. When we give something to God, it must be a gift, without pre-conditions (I'll give you this if You'll do that for me) and fully given over (You can have this so long as I get a say in what You do with it).
Isaiah 66:2 All these things My hand has made, and so all these things came to be, declares the LORD. But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at My word.
God is looking for worship from those who take Him and His word seriously, recognise their position before Him (as beloved sons and daughters, not worms) and have owned up to their shortcomings with intent to change.