But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshippers 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. John 4:23-24
As I stood in service Sunday worshiping the Lord, I heard Him speak to me. Worship isn’t just for Sundays. It hit me like a ton of bricks. I’m pretty good about getting up and studying the Word and praying. I even have the occasional moment of worship listening to a song on the radio. But when is the last time I stopped to just spend time worshiping the Lord?
The Scriptures above came to me, and for the first time I really heard what He was saying. Never does He say that we will be true studiers. Romans 14:11 says, “For it is written: As I live, says the LORD, every knee shall bow to Me, And every tongue shall confess to God.” He doesn’t say everyone will sit and read the Word. He simply says everyone will recognize Him as the true One to worship.
Now, don’t get me wrong. You need to read the Word. 2 Timothy 2:15 says, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” The King James Version says, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God”. Psalm 119:11 says, “Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You.” We have to know the Word. We have to study the Word. But we have to make time for worship as well.
I think of it in comparison to my marriage. I can know everything about my husband, and I can even talk to him everyday, but if I never show him any adoration or praise for anything, our relationship won’t be that great. And let’s just be honest, if it were the other way around, we would be quite fed up. I don’t know about you, but I like to be told good things about myself. Even just a compliment on dinner can boost my confidence.
Now, God doesn’t need our worship or praise to boost His self esteem, but hasn’t He done so much more than be a good husband or wife? Doesn’t He deserve so much more than what we give to those around us? I think so. I was convicted in Sunday morning worship. Won’t you make a conscious effort with me to spend time each day worshipping the Lord? Let’s worship in spirit and truth!