_19 “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. 20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.” 21 “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 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. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”_
It is a matter of great concern that worship has been reduced to just singing. Demonstration of skills in music is more at center stage than the true expression of worship. There certainly will be people who do not have the skills to manipulate their voices and do gestures on stage, but are deeper in worship than those singing on stage.
I am sure that must have motivated Matt Redman to write his popular song, “Heart of Worship”. Here is a short excerpt from the song:
I’ll bring You more than a song, for a song in itself
Is not what You have required
You search much deeper within, Through the ways
You’re looking into my heart
I’m coming back to the heart of worship, and it’s all
It’s all about You, Jesus
We have every opportunity to worship God in spirit and in truth; and that is founded on how much we know God. There is always a difference between going to church regularly, reading your Bible and praying as spiritual activities, and knowing God as an experience from those activities. How do we know this? Read the psalms. They reveal David’s knowledge of God based on real encounters with God. How rich are your encounters with God aside coming to church to have some feeling from the music and the preaching?
1. Start a wrestle with God to truly make you to know Him in truth. Only knowledge of God in truth has the power to make you a true worshipper by experience.
2. Spend this morning in God’s presence in quiet reflection on your experiences with Him over the past six months.
3. Do not ask for anything. Do not sing any of the popular songs you have learned.
4. Take time to say back to God the things He has done for you and the difficult situations He has taken you through. 5. Thank God for the specific knowledge you have had of Him as you went through these experiences.
My God is the only true and living God. He is mine and I am His. He is not in Heaven worried about me and wondering how I will make it. He has a plan for me and that plan is good, to prosper me and to bring me to a wealthy place. He has provided me with tools for the battle of life and has promised me life and life more abundantly when I obey His command. I will sing of His lovingkindness and bless His holy name forevermore. Amen.
By Archbishop Duncan Williams.