Monday, September 22, 2014

How To Worship in Truth

Kicking for something solid.  Longing for truth to not be relative.  Grasping for understanding.

In the thick of my hottest battle, I discovered what it meant to worship in truth.  This revelation has become one of my most valued intangible possessions.

"Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks."
John 4:23

What the heck does that mean?

Let's unpack "Worship in the Spirit" first.  Worshipping in Spirit simply means to worship with all of your heart and emotion.  You give your love, your adoration, your excitement to Him.  It's why, in worship, some people choose to sing out loud, to raise their hands to heaven, or to kneel.  It's what moves us to tears.  This emotion that comes from the total awe and reverence for our God who loves in unbelievable ways, is worshipping in Spirit.

The more we see God for who is really is, the deeper it sinks in just who He is and how He is...the more spirited our worship will become.  When we realize how sovereign He is, we can't help but fall on our knees and praise Him.

The next bag to unpack is to "Worship in truth."  This is a principle that has broken a few chains for me personally.  To worship in truth means to worship God by living your life according to the truths found in the word of God.  What is the truth? The truth is...

You must be of great worth because you were bought with a very costly sacrifice.
"For God’s will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all time." Hebrews10:10 (NLT)

No matter what your suffering or desperation is, there will be a time of comforting and healing over if you believe Him for it.
"He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds." Psalm 147:3

You are very well taken care of.  Things can get better.
"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'" Jeremiah 29:11(NLT)

The truth is that I could write every day for the rest of my life on the truths of God's word and still not cover it.  The important thing to remember is that as we wade through life here on this earth, we lay every feeling, emotion, action, and word right next to what God tells us and we line it up.  

Do we really believe that we are of great worth?  Do we really hold on in tough times because we know that healing is coming?  Do we really believe that this life is worth living?

Worshipping in truth is bringing glory to God by living out His words, by living as though we actually believe what He says to us.

For me, although worshipping in Spirit is catalyzed from His truth, it is often difficult to trust what He says.  Is that the case for you?  If so, let's break that imbalance today.  Ask God to form your heart into one that trusts and believes His truths.  Ask Him to help you live that out on a daily basis!  He will give you the desires of your heart!

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