“But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way.” (John 4:23)
Not everyone can sing, I know I can’t… Many people think that worshiping God is singing to God. Although music is very important in the Kingdom of God and in church. There is also many ways in which we can worship God. As our opening verse reads, God seeks worshipers who will worship Him in spirit and in truth. To worship God is a form of prayer; and to worship God in spirit means to worship God in tongues. The Holy Spirit will utter words unto God through us, words which can’t be uttered in any human language. There is things we don’t even know about which the Holy Spirit will utter through us to God. I will go into more detail on the topic of speaking and worshiping in tongues in our next article. Our opening verse also makes mentioned that God seeks worshipers who will worship Him in truth. To worship God in truth is to use God’s Word to worship Him. King David was good in worshiping God in truth.
Learning from King David:
In this article, I hope to lead you in worshiping God in truth, as king David did. King David was a man after God’s own heart, and what made him that man is that he knew God’s heart and that God loves it when His creation worships Him. When you want someone to feel special, you’d find out what the person likes and then do it, right? Now, king David knew that worshiping God is that special thing God likes, so that’s what he did – he worshiped God!
Psalm 34:11, “Come, my children, and listen to me, and I will teach you to fear the LORD.” Are we not descendants of David? Then we are also children of David, as he say, ‘Come, my children, and listen to me, and I will teach you to fear the LORD.” Studying the psalms of David teach us how to worship and praise God. You can start with Psalm 34 as we already reference a verse from this chapter.
In Psalm 145:11 David says, “They will speak of the glory of your kingdom; they will give examples of your power”, because this is what he had experienced and so share with us how to praise and worship God so we might also have this experience. Psalm 117: 1-2 David gives reason to why we must worship the Lord, “Praise the LORD, all you nations.
Praise him, all you people of the earth. 2 For he loves us with unfailing love; the LORD’s faithfulness endures forever. Praise the LORD!”
Psalm 104 “Let all that I am praise the LORD. O LORD my God, how great you are! You are robed with honor and majesty.” Isn’t this reason enough to fall face down and worship our Creator?
Psalm 62:1-12 David wrote a worship song, “I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from him. 2 He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will never be shaken. 3 So many enemies against one man—all of them trying to kill me. To them I’m just a broken-down wall or a tottering fence. 4 They plan to topple me from my high position. They delight in telling lies about me. They praise me to my face but curse me in their hearts. Interlude 5 Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him. 6 He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken. 7 My victory and honor come from God alone. He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me. 8 O my people, trust in him at all times. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge. Interlude 9 Common people are as worthless as a puff of wind, and the powerful are not what they appear to be. If you weigh them on the scales, together they are lighter than a breath of air. 10 Don’t make your living by extortion or put your hope in stealing. And if your wealth increases, don’t make it the center of your life. 11 God has spoken plainly,
and I have heard it many times: Power, O God, belongs to you; 12 unfailing love, O Lord, is yours.
Surely you repay all people according to what they have done.” – this teaches us that even in times of trails and tribulations, we can still be joyful and worship God, for we can trust His love for us will keep us safe! See what David wrote in Psalm 23:5, “You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil.” Isn’t this a wonderful assurance? God is faithful, the question is, are we?
Psalm 23 also speaks of God being our Shepherd and how He comforts us with His rod and staff. Many people don’t see it like this, but a shepherd will use his staff to pull his sheep back in line. Sometimes a sheep will try and stray of to drink water, but because shepherd doesn’t want the sheep to drink just any water, he pulls it back in line and leads them all to a chosen place to drink trusted water. God does this with us as well. Sometimes we want to stray off and do our own thing, but God will pull us back with His staff, for He knows what is good for us. There is so many things which we can praise God for, all the reasons to worship Him.
Study the book of Psalm and learn like David to worship God the right way.
Learning from Paul:
Paul also knew how to worship God in truth. But being filled with the Holy Spirit, Paul discovered a higher level of worship; and that was to worship God in spirit – worshiping God through the utterance tongues. Ephessians 5:19, “singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts.” God loves it when we are merry at heart, for when we are happy and joyful, God is also happy and joyful.
Not only did Pual learn how to worship God in spirit and in truth, but He also learned that doing the Word of God is also a form of worship. The Bible tells us in Hebrews 11:6 that without faith it’s impossible to please God; and in James 2:17, that faith without works are dead. It takes faith to worship God! So, in doing God’s Word, which takes faith to do, we also please God. It is in pleasing God that we make God feel special and we touch God’s heart when we please Him.
We read in Acts 16:24-27, of an account which Paul and Silas was in prison; and while in prison, they worshiped the Lord. A remarkable and profound thing happened as a result of them worshiping God in the midst of trouble – an angel freed them for jail.
Paul even through preaching the Word of God, he gave praises unto God as we see in Acts 14:17, “In the past he permitted all the nations to go their own ways, 17 but he never left them without evidence of himself and his goodness. For instance, he sends you rain and good crops and gives you food and joyful hearts.”
Then in Romans 12:1-2, Paul gives instruction to the church by saying, “And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.” He said something remarkable here, ‘This is truly the way to worship God.’ As we share in our previous article, ‘Rebuilding the Temple of God’, our bodies is the Temple of God now and we are to use it to bring glory to God. Paul says this is truly the way to worship God!
We read in many of Paul’s letters to the churches that he opens the letters and even close letter with words of praise and worship.
Learning from Jesus:
The real Lord’s prayer (John 17):
What people calls the Lord’s prayer in Matthew 6:11 was actually just an example to the Jews on how to pray, not an actual way to pray. The Holy Spirit hasn’t come to man at this time. In John 17, we read about the Lord’s real prayer, praying and interceding for the new creation, the born again Christian. Although Jesus was asking the Father for many things in this prayer, I want us to focus on Jesus worshiping the Father in this prayer.
“…Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son so he can give glory back to you. 2 For you have given him authority over everyone. He gives eternal life to each one you have given him. 3 And this is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth. 4 I brought glory to you here on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. 5 Now, Father, bring me into the glory we shared before the world began. 6 “I have revealed you to the ones you gave me from this world. They were always yours. You gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7 Now they know that everything I have is a gift from you, 8 for I have passed on to them the message you gave me. They accepted it and know that I came from you, and they believe you sent me.”
Jesus was giving His Father glory for the relationship They share, through the means of bringing into remembrance the task before Him, which was to bring people unto God to worship the Father. In verse 25, Jesus says: “O, righteous Father…” – again, worshiping God for His righteousness.
In Luke 4:8 Jesus exalt the Father even in His confrontation with satan, “Jesus replied, “The Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the LORD your God and serve only Him.” We should learn from this to exalt and worship God in the midst of temptation; this keeps us out of the ways of sin.
Paul also confirms what Jesus said in Colossians 2:18, “Don’t let anyone condemn you by insisting on pious self-denial or the worship of angels, saying they have had visions about these things. Their sinful minds have made them proud.” We are only to worship God.
Throughout to accounts of Jesus we see how He gave praise and worship to God in public through exalting His Father. Even on accounts recorded that Jesus went by Himself and left His disciples alone, He spend time in prayer, most of it worshiping God, for God is His Father Whom He loves and the Father loves Him.
Even going beyond the accounts given of Jesus worshiping the Father, we read throughout the Bible of angels worshiping God day and night. Even satan himself used to worship God before he sinned against God. The Bible describe satan of being an angelic being of instruments. This talks of satan being the chief of choir, when he opened his mouth, music came out.
There is many ways to worship God. Through simply speaking words of worship (which we can well learn from the Psalms of David), to singing and making melody, to acts of good deeds that exalt our Heavenly Father.
Your own private time in worship:
Your private time spend in worshiping God is what leads us into the presence of God, like what I explained in our previous article, ‘Rebuilding the Temple of the Lord.’
We can worship God anywhere, but it is something special when you worship God in private. This is like when we speak good about a particular person to everyone else but the person we speaking of. You exalt that person all over, but not once did you tell that person what they mean to you, so they only hear of you praising them through other people. Now yes, God does know our hearts, but He desires a fellowship with us. In your private time where no one else sees or hear you, that is the time to worship God.
Many of us do this, but just as many of us don’t do this… Even in the many of us that does worship God in private, we find many who will worship God in such time, but also end up asking God for things. Now, there is nothing wrong with mixing the worshiping and asking God for things, but always make time were you will only worship God, without asking anything. Some of us think that when we worship God before we ask Him something that God is more prone to answer our prayers; but this is religious – for the Bible says, ask and you shall receive, believing that whatever you ask you shall receive; not worship, ask and you shall receive.
Spending time in worshiping God and only worshiping Him will release the glory of God on your life. Not only will you receive His glory, but you will also enjoy the fullness of being in God’s presence. God’s desire is to visit you and by us submitting ourselves fully unto God in worship ushers in the presence of God.
1 Chronicles 29:10-13 give us an account of David’s Prayer of Praise, “Then David praised the LORD in the presence of the whole assembly: “O LORD, the God of our ancestor Israel, may you be praised forever and ever! 11 Yours, O LORD, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O LORD, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things. 12 Wealth and honor come from you alone, for you rule over everything. Power and might are in your hand, and at your discretion people are made great and given strength. 13 “O our God, we thank you and praise your glorious name!”
Learn to worship God in spirit and in truth. Just throwing yourself on the floor before God and pour out your heart to Him in admiration; this will open a whole new door in your relationship with God. It will also catapult you to higher levels in experiencing the wonderful nature of God.
I hope these articles has been helping you to reach new heights in your walk with God, building a divine relationship between you and our Father; and you experiencing the greater glory of God in His presence. Our next article will take you to even a deeper place of true worship: ‘The Power of Praying and Worshiping in Tongues.’
You are blessed!