John 4:24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.“
God’s Word is always a major clarifying thing when we make plans for living our life in worship. For our life to be one that is an awakened worship lifestyle we must be willing to allow Him to show us the way through His Word. In His Word He really raises the bar.
God wants His children first of all to
1. Worship Him – Jesus said in Luke 4:8 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’ “ In this scripture worship and service are synonymous. That is how our lives as Christians have to be lived to follow Christ and live the life that He wants us to live. No in betweens, worship….serve.
2. Honor Him – God spoke through the prophet Malachi in Malachi 2:2 If you do not listen, and if you do not set your heart to honor my name,” says theLORD Almighty, “I will send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings. Yes, I have already cursed them, because you have not set your heart to honor me. “ God wants us to honor him in all things, or He will send a curse on us. That’s what the Word says, so my conclusion would be “honor God.” That’s a no brainer for believers, but something we must remember.
3. Love Him – In Mark 12:30 Jesus says to “Love the Lord your God with all yourheart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all yourstrength.’ Every part of our life is meant to love God. When we do that He becomes very strong in our words and our actions and the natural result of that is a true life of worship.
Worship that is acceptable to God is worship that is spirit-led and full of truth. The truths are listed above and if we live our life accordingly, our worship will be full and meaningful. That kind of worship impacts our lives and changes our perspective on everything. So we
must worship not just in the church building, but throughout our everyday lives. The end result will be something like what the Psalmist wrote in Psalm 1:3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.
I am prayng for a new season of worship that is God centered and Spirit inspired.
A.W. Tozer wrote this What is worship? Worship is to feel in your heart and express in some appropriate manner a humbling but delightful sense of admiring awe and astonished wonder and overpowering love in the presence of that most ancient Mystery, that Majesty which philosophers call the First Cause, but which we call Our Father Which Are in Heaven.
I like what Tozer says and I pray for that for my life. Join with me in praying that same prayer as we long for God’s Spirit to move in a great awakening!!
The Pilgrimage continues….