Summary: True worship is not for the weak of heart. True worship comes from a heart that is truly committed to the Lord.
Jesus declared, “Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.”
In this passage Jesus gives us a formula for true worship
1. “in spirit” = the level at which true worship takes place
2. “in truth” = worshiping in truth involves the truth of the Father, revealed in the Son, and received through the Spirit because truth is God’s very nature and characteristic
*True worship comes from a heart that is fully devoted to the Lord
The word “worship” is derived from an Old English word “worthship”
*Worship is God-centered not man-centered
1. TRUE WORSHIP IS SACRIFICIAL
Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.” Early the next morning Abraham got up and saddled his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will WORSHIP and then we will come back to you.”
Abraham called the sacrificing of his own son worship
Abraham understood that true worship was not free -- but rather involved giving to the Lord
A true worshiper is not concerned with what worship costs him/her (friends, family, reputation, social status)
The dearest thing in your life will determine the level of worship to which you will be able to go. Will you be able to lay it down?
2. TRUE WORSHIP IS REVERENTIAL
But I, by your great mercy, will come into your house; in reverence will I bow down toward your holy temple.
True worship is not done in a half-hearted, lackadaisical manner; it flows from a heart of reverence and respect for God
A reverent worshiper dwells in the presence of God, because that individual always welcomes God; and God is able to manifest Himself on that person’s behalf
When God shows up, our response determines the outcome
Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?” “Neither,” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.” Then Joshua fell facedown to the ground in reverence, and asked him, “What message does my Lord have for his servant?”
Joshua’s response to the presence of the Lord reveals his heart of reverential worship—as a result Jericho fell
3. TRUE WORSHIP IS GUTSY