Summary: Learn more about worship in this encouraging message.
The Ways Of Worship
The Presence of God
More than 250 years ago, George Handel was a musical composer living in England. He accepted an assignment to write the music for a new collection titled Messiah. A unique aspect of this collection was that all the words were taken directly from Bible passages. As he began writing the music for Messiah, composer George Handel became consumed with his task. He was so caught up in the worshipful activity of creating this masterpiece that he often simply forgot to eat or sleep. The finale to Handel’s musical was titled, “The Hallelujah Chorus.” Using the words of Scripture, this song is approximately five minutes of powerful praise to Jesus and has become Handel’s most remembered work. Just after George Handel finished writing “The Hallelujah Chorus,” his servant came in the room. He found Handel sitting at a table with tears streaming down his face. Handel said, “I did think I did see all Heaven before me, and the great God Himself.”
What a powerful time of worship, and today I’m going to share with you how you, too, can experience for yourself powerful times of worship.
Now, the term worship is really a very religious-sounding word with a lot of different meanings. And worship is displayed all throughout the Bible, there are different styles of worship, methods of worship, principles of worship, but since we live in the new covenant that Jesus established when He came to earth, it’s very important for us to see what He said about worship, and so we’ll begin in the book of John chapter 4.
II. Understanding God’s Love
John 4:23 23But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.
God is seeking true worshipers. And that’s exactly the reason we need to know what it means to be a true worshiper. Now, Jesus gave us a great revelation of the attributes and characteristics of a true worshiper when he was talking to this Samaritan woman.
Now, the people of Samaria were a mixed race of mostly poor people who had built a temple on Mount Gerazim to worship the God of Israel. But they built their temple “in competition” with the temple in Jerusalem. The Jews (God’s covenant people) of Jerusalem hated the Samaritans because they considered the Samaritans idolaters.
However, it was to one of these “idolaters” that Jesus chose to give His revelation about worship on a hot day at noontime at a well in foreign territory.
John 4:5-26 5So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.
7A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, "Give Me a drink." 8For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.
9Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, "How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?" For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.