THE SPIRIT AND WORSHIP

John 4:23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.
John 4:24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
Worship is more than singing songs about God. Worship is spiritual by nature. No one can truly worship God until they are born again. As Jonathan Edwards used to say, “they may be able to howl but they can’t sing”. Worship is the work of the Holy Spirit in our hearts. The Spirit of God convicts us of our sin, awakens us to the reality and majesty of Christ, and He magnifies the Lord in our eyes and in our hearts. What is the result? Worship! An awakened heart has no other options, part of the package is making melody with our hearts to the Lord. John Piper spoke powerfully about worship in his book “Desiring God”. Here is a clip from his chapter on worship.
“The fuel of worship is the truth of God; the furnace of worship is the spirit of man; and the heat of worship is the vital affections of reverence, contrition, trust, gratitude, and joy. But there is something missing from this picture. There is furnace, fuel, and heat, but no fire. The fuel of truth in the furnace of our spirit does not automatically produce the heat of worship. There must be ignition and fire. This is the Holy Spirit….In other words, until the Holy Spirit quickens our spirit with the flame of life, our spirit is so dead and unresponsive it does not even qualify as spirit. Only that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. So when Jesus says that true worshipers worship the Father “in spirit,” He must mean that true worship comes only from spirits made alive and sensitive by the quickening of the Spirit of God.”
The worldly man sings songs about what he knows; love that went wrong, love that went right, or whatever vice he is dealing with at the moment. If he sings a spiritual song there is no life in it because it comes from his soul, not from the his spirit energized by the Holy Spirit. To an awakened saint the difference is obvious. When the Lord is not present in a song it has no life. God is still seeking worshippers. He is seeking them by His Spirit. When He finds one, that person is awakened and empowered to glorify God with their voice.

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4 thoughts on “THE SPIRIT AND WORSHIP

  1. Reminds me of refueling an airforce jet in mid-air, when you achieve that most important connection up high above the clouds, it’s an amazing thing that also allows you to continue soaring with a tank full of flying fuel.

  2. Spirit and Truth ; The woman said to him, ” I know that Messiah is coming ( he who is called Christ – Ha Mashiah ) . When he comes , he will tell us all things .” Jesus – Yeshua said to her , ” I who speak to you am he . ” Jesus Christ , Ha Mashiah Yeshua pronounced [ ham-mah-SHEE-akh ye-SHOO-ah ] Truth, Jesus is the Son of God ! And when we sing praise songs to our Father with the power of the Holy Spirit , it turns into worship . The true worshipers will worship in spirit and truth !

  3. HALLELUJAH, HOLY, HOLY, GOD ALMIGHTY, THE GREAT I AM.
    GLORY, HONOR AND PRAISE KING OF KINGS.
    YOU ARE GLORIOUS! 🙂

    AMEN.
    PASTOR FRANK, have a blessed and FILLED DAY IN OUR KING JESUS/HOLY SPIRIT!!!
    🙂 Love you, Pastor…

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