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Worship Him: Worshipping in Spirit & In Truth

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Worship is an interesting conversation in the church. I grew up in the 80’s and 90’s in the heart of what was known as the Worship Wars. During this time period there was great upheaval as the children of the 60’s and 70’s who grew up on the Beatles and Rolling Stones became the leaders of the church and the music in the church began to change, reflecting the tastes of the Baby Boomers and later Generation X. I remember having discussions over which music was “Christian” and which was demonic. I remember one person saying that the actual drum beats of rock music was Satanic as it was taken from African Shaman and Voodoo Priests who used it to call demons and our churches were inviting demonic forces into our church. I also heard some saying that the older Generation was going to destroy the church by making us keep singing this antiquainted music and we needed to burn our hymnals and go for all contemporary worship. Still others thought the whole debate was foolish and are glad that the era has passed and cooler heads have prevailed and I think now we find most churches siding on a more even stance, keeping the best of the past while passing on some songs that were sometimes not that doctrinally sound.
hat era has passed and cooler heads have prevailed and I think now we find most churches siding on a more even stance, keeping the best of the past while passing on some songs that were sometimes not that doctrinally sound.
So when we talk about worship, depending on which side of the Worship divide you reside it can bring up differing emotions. But when we talk about worship, we must understand that it is an important subject. It’s worth discussing.
So let’s begin by asking you a few questions.
When you worship:
Do you give 100%, or do you hold back (perhaps because of other people?)
Would he feel like it was all for him? Is he neglected?
Do you go through the motions withoutever exerting yourself?Do you sing songs?
Do you enjoy what other people do more than you enjoy the guest of honour?
Does what happens there give all glory to God - or is someone else often the focus of attention?
“Human beings by their very nature are worshipers. Worship is not something we do; it defines who we are. You cannot divide human beings into those who worship and those who don’t. Everybody worships; it’s just a matter of what, or whom, we serve.” - Paul David Tripp
We are worshippers by nature, but unfortunately, sin gears us to worship something other than God. True Worship is not something that comes natural, Biblical worship is, like all things in life, a skill that we must foster. True worship of God isn’t something that we are geared to because of our sinful natures, it’s something we are geared to warp and corrupt, but it’s not something that comes natural.
Romans 1:18–23 ESV
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
Romans 1:18–24 ESV
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves,
You see, we naturally desire to corrupt worship.
Donald Whitney notes in his book on Spiritual Disciplines that the word worship comes from the Saxon word weorthscype which later became worthship. Thus, to worship God is to ascribe the proper worth to God, to magnify his worthiness of praise, to approach and address God as he is worthy.
weorthscype
But because of sin, we desire to make ourselves big, and God small. We make God in our image, and thus we don’t worship the creator but rather a creature.
which later became
worthship
True worship is work. It’s a discipline we must work on. So what does Christian worship look like. Well, in our text Jesus gives us a doctrine of Christian worship.
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In it he says that worship must be done in Spirit and in truth. And both are required if our worship is going to be Christian.
Worship without Spirit is dead. Worship without Truth is Emotionalism.
We need the emotions of worship, but we also need the truth. Any worship that does not include both of these is not Christian worship.
Worship without Spirit is like the worship of the Pharisee in Jesus’ parable of the Publican.
Luke 18:9–14 ESV
He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Worship without Spirit is dead. Worship without Truth is Emotionalism.
First, we notice the Pharisee. Look at his smugness, look at his knowledge. He knows what God demands in scripture. He knows what pleases God. He has all of the truth. But there’s no passion for the things of God. There’s no love for God. Worship without Spirit is Notice the “sinful” publican. He beats his chest. He cries out for mercy. He confesses his sin. That’s WORSHIP!
to worship God is to ascribe the proper worth to God, to magnify hisworthiness of praise, to approach andaddress God as he is worthy.

Worship Must Be Spiritual - it demands our hearts

Whitney notes that
to worship God in spirit means to worship from the inside out. It means to be sincere in our acts of worship. No matter how spiritual the song...if you aren’t sincere then it isn’t worship, it’s hypocrisy.
I want you to think about that for a moment. I want you to think about the fact that worship requires passion, it requires all of us.
Romans 12:1 ESV
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
What is our worship? It’s giving ourselves completely to God. This takes some doing! We don’t just walk into church, burdened with the cares of the world, concerned with how people see us and worship God.
Philippians 3:3 ESV
For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh—
That’s what makes the publican’s worship so glorious.
Luke 18:9–14 ESV
He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Notice the “sinful” publican. He beats his chest. He cries out for mercy. He confesses his sin. That’s WORSHIP!
Too often our worship is an obligation and not a response to God’s holiness. But true worship is a complete relinquishing of self, and a surrender to Him. That’s Spiritual worship. When I come to church worried about how people see me, I’m making man the object of my worship, not God.
God cannot be worshipped when man is big and God is small. True worship requires that God be big and we be small.
Worship without passion would be like (Valentine’s day Roses - It’s my duty…)
A. W. Tozer, the great pastor from Chicago once said:
“I can safely say, on the authority of all that is revealed in the Word of God, that any man or woman on this earth who is bored and turned off by worship is not ready for heaven.” - A. W. Tozer
Worship requires our hearts!
We need the emotions of worship, but we also need the truth. Any worship that does not include both of these is not Christian worship.
Worship without Spirit is dead. Worship without Truth is Emotionalism.
Worship without Spirit is like the worship of the Pharisee in Jesus’ parable of the Publican.
Luke 18:9–14 ESV
He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
First, we notice the Pharisee. Look at his smugness, look at his knowledge. He knows what God demands in scripture. He knows what pleases God. He has all of the truth. But there’s no passion for the things of God. There’s no love for God. Worship without Spirit is wrote and trite. It’s full of knowledge, but not the love fo God.
Notice the “sinful” publican. He beats his chest. He cries out for mercy. He confesses his sin. That’s WORSHIP!
Any worship that we give God that is going through the motions and does not engage our spirits is not Christian worship. And the problem is not the music. It’s not the praise team. It’s not the order of service. It’s our hearts.
Worship without spirit honoring Jesus with our lips but our hearts are far from him. This means we must be engaged in worship. We can’t just show up and go through the motions. We must engage God.
Now, some will say, “That’s not my personality. I’m not an emotional person.” To that I say this, if you cannot get emotional about God then you need to ask God to break your heart.
In the Bible people of all walks of life and all backgrounds, doctors, farmers, priests, and IRS agents all met God and they all had the same reaction - they fell on their faces before the mighty God of heaven and earth.
If you cannot fall on your face before God, then you probably haven’t met him. Worship is the humble act of God’s people letting go of themselves and giving themselves completely to Him.
And this is active. It’s not passive. It’s a conscious decision to allow myself to be controlled by His Spirit in my worship.
But this is not emotionalism. It’s not emotion for the sake of emotion, but it’s emotion because we know the Truth and that truth affects us.

Worship Must Be True - It demands our minds

In the book of Revelation, John is confronted with a vision of God. He is transported into the throne room of almighty God and there he sees God as he truly is. And while there he also sees the worship that the angels and saints give to God.
Revelation 4:
Revelation 4:8 ESV
And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!”
Revelation 4:11 ESV
“Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”
Revelation 5:12–13 ESV
saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”
Revelation 5:
Here we see the angels and the Elders who are around God’s throne worshipping him because of who He is. This is what Jesus means by Worshipping God in Truth. Not only are we to be Spirit led in our worship, but there must be truth to our worship.
Worship without truth is paganism. It’s worthless.
We see this kind of worship in . Turn with me there.
1 Kings 18:25–29 ESV
Then Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, “Choose for yourselves one bull and prepare it first, for you are many, and call upon the name of your god, but put no fire to it.” And they took the bull that was given them, and they prepared it and called upon the name of Baal from morning until noon, saying, “O Baal, answer us!” But there was no voice, and no one answered. And they limped around the altar that they had made. And at noon Elijah mocked them, saying, “Cry aloud, for he is a god. Either he is musing, or he is relieving himself, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he is asleep and must be awakened.” And they cried aloud and cut themselves after their custom with swords and lances, until the blood gushed out upon them. And as midday passed, they raved on until the time of the offering of the oblation, but there was no voice. No one answered; no one paid attention.
This is worship without truth. Its passionate. It’s heart rending. But it’s noise without substance. This is not what we see in Revelation. In Revelation their praise is in response to God’s holiness and his worthiness.
That’s why the most central act of worship we have in the church is the reading and preaching of God’s Word. We cannot worship God without the Word of God because we cannot know accurately God apart from his Word. Left alone we do not worship the God who created us in his own image, we create God in our image. That’s paganism. That’s Baal worship. That’s sin.
But, The more we focus on God, the more we will understand how worthy of our worship He truly is!
We need the emotions of worship, but we also need the truth. Any worship that does not include both of these is not Christian worship.
Just as I must give myself to God in worship, I must seek to understand God in worship so that I am worshipping him, and not just my idea of God.
The most dangerous words that can ever come out of our mouths when speaking about God is, “Well I think God is...” When we do that, we’re in danger of paganism. God is not what we think, God is who he is revealed to be in Scripture.
Worship without Spirit is dead. Worship without Truth is Emotionalism.
Worship without Spirit is like the worship of the Pharisee in Jesus’ parable of the Publican.
That’s what makes the publican’s worship so glorious.
The truth of God in scripture doesn’t hinder us from worshipping God, but rather frees us to worship him in Spirit and Truth and passion.
Luke 18:9–14 ESV
He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
First, we notice the Pharisee. Look at his smugness, look at his knowledge. He knows what God demands in scripture. He knows what pleases God. He has all of the truth. But there’s no passion for the things of God. There’s no love for God. Worship without Spirit is Notice the “sinful” publican. He beats his chest. He cries out for mercy. He confesses his sin. That’s WORSHIP!

Worship must be private and public

Acts 17:11 ESV
Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.
Worship is not just something we do on Sundays. Worship is to be something we do every day of the week.
Private worship is our personal worship to God as we pray privately, read the Bible, sing spiritual songs, mediate on spiritual matters and on and on.
Worship doesn’t just happen one day a week. Worship is a lifestyle. If you find yourself bored at church, it’s probably because you haven’t been worshipping during the week. Worship is a discipline and it takes work.
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