What is “true worship”? How do we “get better at it”? Why should we want to be true worshippers? What does that even mean?
When I just started knowing more about Jesus, going to church twice a week, I gotta say… I was terrible at worshiping. I couldn’t concentrate no matter how bad I wanted to keep my eyes closed or focus on the lyrics on the screen. It wasn’t easy, not at all for me.
I don’t remember how many days, weeks and maybe even months passed before I could really worship the way I wanted to, the way I thought God wanted me to.
I read verses like this:
1 Chronicles 16:23-25 “Sing to the LORD, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods.”
And many psalms that mention how to praise and worship our Father with anthems, instruments, arms lifted up. So, I thought that’s what I have to do… sing, arms lifted high, sing, sing, sing.
A few months after that I read a chapter from a (Christian) book about true worship, the kind of worship that God wants from us. And it was all based on this verses:
“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” John 4: 23-24AND“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:1-2
So, what does this all mean? It means that
God wants all from you.
He wants your whole devotion… Not just some parts of it, sometimes, some days. Nope. He wants it all.
It’s not easy though, I know and I’m sure people around me have seen me fail at it several times. But don’t worry…after all, practice makes perfect!
The next four points I’ll mention (as a summary of what I learned from the book and the verses) will help you identify the type of worship that our Father wants from us… true worship
- God wants worship “in truth”: This means that our worship must be based on the truth that we find in his Word. And what we find there is that our worship must guide what we do, think, say, etc. It’s not based on what we think about God.
- God wants authentic worship: We must worship “in the Spirit”. True worship must be authentic and really felt, it must come from our heart. Remember that God watches and knows our heart even better than we do and He doesn’t like hypocrisy, not one bit. He wants our sincere and true love and it comes from our true emotions and beliefs… it’s from our hearts and our minds. Authentic, true worship comes when our spirit responds to God and not to a song or melody… it’s when we show our love for God with all of our selves. Be authentic in your worship, be yourself.
- God wants thoughtful worship: He wants us to really think what we are saying. If we don’t do it consciously we might be thinking about other things… so try hard. What’s in your mind that’s not letting you worship thoughtfully? Give it to Jesus. Besides, be specific… think about the reasons you praise God and why you praise and love him.
- God wants practical worship: God asks us to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to him. As we worship Him, we’re supposed to offer Him things that are hard for us to do because true worship (constant worship) comes with effort…
So, everything we do must be done as an offering to God. As I said before, it’s not easy because we live surrounded by people who know nothing about God and let’s be honest, sometimes we might be caught up in conversations we should be having, or we might struggle with feelings that aren’t supposed to be a part of our lives anymore. But we are all in this together and we have the best Helper and Advocate who teaches us and guides us.
As usual, my best advice is to focus on Jesus, talk to him and ask him to help you (Philippians 4:13) with anything that might be keeping you from offering true worship, the kind our Father wants.
I hope this post has helped you to take some steps towards your growth as a better worshiper.
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