I bow before your holy Temple as I worship. I praise your name for your unfailing love and faithfulness; for your promises are backed by all the honor of your name.
Psalm 138:2 (NLT)
Note from Kip…
It’s Sunday morning. I start the day and prepare to worship with my church. Celebrating the Holiness of God. Giving praise. Basking in the Grace of Jesus and the joy of communion with the one who loves us so that He was not just willing, but committed to sacrificing Himself, so that we might be redeemed.
That’s what Sunday’s are all about right?
Yes… and yet, not exclusively.
Yahweh, You are my God; I will exalt You. I will praise Your name, for You have accomplished wonders, plans formed long ago, with perfect faithfulness.
Isaiah 25:1 (HCSB)
There isn’t a caveat to worship. It isn’t limited to Sunday mornings, a particular day, a certain gathering place, or an assembly of people. You don’t need songs to worship. God doesn’t require a specific posture. You do not need to have someone else lead you into worship. You are the catalyst which initiates worship and you alone. No one can bring you to worship, it is yours to submit in the presence of God.
What is Worship
There are many articles, sermons and studies about what worship is, but I think so many are caught up in the minutia of their argument that they miss the pure essence of worship.
I defer to what Jesus told the Samaritan woman at the well.
You Samaritans worship what you do not know. We worship what we do know, because salvation is from the Jews.
But an hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth.
Yes, the Father wants such people to worship Him. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.
John 4:22-24 (HCSB)
Spirit and Truth
Jesus didn’t just say it once. He repeated it after exclaiming, yes! Saying to the woman, listen what I’m telling you is in fact the truth. There was a time in the past that worship was entered into by a practice but the time is now when you will worship is entered into via approaching God in spirit; honestly seeking Him and His presence.
Not some ritual, practice or assembly. We can and should worship when we go to church. But it’s not exclusive to that assembly or that building. It is exclusive to our heart and our willingness to seek God’s presence in our lives.
Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for God’s glory.
1 Corinthians 10:31 (HCSB)
This is how it begins, when we turn our hearts to God and purposely seek to give him Glory. In doing so, we want to open our hearts and seek Him.
Jesus also acknowledged how worship was entered into in the past. In doing so, He didn’t absolve the faithful from the method or means of worship, but only the manner by which we worship. That being the case, it will do us good to look at what the definition present in the Old Testament pointed to.
“The Lord your God is with you, isn’t He?
And hasn’t He given you rest on every side? For He has handed the land’s inhabitants over to me, and the land has been subdued before the Lord and His people.
Now determine in your mind and heart to seek the Lord your God. Get started building the Lord God’s sanctuary so that you may bring the ark of the Lord’s covenant and the holy articles of God to the temple that is to be built for the name of Yahweh.”
1 Chronicles 22:18-19 (HCSB)
Let’s draw the parallels from this passage in Chronicles. Here is what we see in this passage:
- Acknowledgement – Of who God is, of what He has done, and what He has given
- Determination – With both intellectual acknowledgment (mind) and spirit (heart) come to seek God.
- Action – For the Children of Israel it was to build a physical temple for God to be present with them. For us our parallel to this is our body which is the temple of the Holy Spirit, therefore we extract from this that we need to prepare our temple for the presence of the Lord; His Spirit in us.
This does two things. It elevates the worship we participate in to a more personal and intimate level. It internalizes the worship activity. The second thing we can see is that it mobilizes the act of worship and untethers worship from a physical location to something done in us, with our spirit and the Sprit of God.
May the Lord be praised!
Day after day He bears our burdens;
God is our salvation. Selah
Psalms 68:19 (HCSB)
Internalize it. Adopt it for your own and take it into your spirit. Then approach God giving him that Glory and Honor. Worship flows in both directions too, so expect to receive acknowledgment from your offering of worship and allow God to speak to your spirit through His Spirit.
Worship as Jesus said, in spirit and in truth! Do this everyday because God is with us everyday and His blessings aren’t limited to one day a week. Spirit and Truth; so that we can worship with God any time we choose. Approach Him in Spirit and in Truth!