What’s the Difference Between Thanksgiving, Praise and Worship? Part 5

Worshipping God“Worship Are Heart’s Who’s Longing Have Been Awakened by the Touch of God Within Them”

A Question

Let me ask you this question? What does it mean when it says in John 4:23-24 that “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth”?

We Cannot Separate Spirit & Truth

We need to think about and examine what it means to worship in spirit and in truth. Please take note that it is extremely important that we do this simultaneously and not separately. We do not worship in spirit in one situation and then in truth in another. They go hand in hand, both at the same time, and if we want to enter into the throne room of God and His presence.

It’s Far Beyond Our Physical & Emotional Being

Our spirit man (the Holy Spirit living in us) is the center of who we are. He is the core of our connection to God in the purest and truest form. We also know that God is a spiritual being. To worship in spirit, then, is to do something that is far beyond our emotional and physical place. We do not worship by simply bowing our knees; we worship through “a yielded heart posture” (Psalms 51:10, Passion Translation). And our worship is in line with the worship going on in heaven. Revelation 4:8 says, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.”

Worship is Based on Who He is

Worshipping in truth means that we worship based on truth (John 14:6-7). This includes the truth about who God is for each one of us, hence why He is worthy of our worship. It also includes the truth about who He is in our circumstances.

The “Truth” will Always Trump the Fact

We worship God even when we are experiencing the good, the bad, and the ugly. When we worship Him, we get to shift our hearts back in line with who He is. We get to worship Him even in the face of our situations. However, the “Truth” will always trump the fact! Trusting and believing the “Truth” is worship; we worship God when we declare His truth over and in spite of our circumstances.  Through worship, we are establishing that He triumphs over all! He is above all things! (Ephesians 1-19-22, NKJV).

God is Worthy of Our All

To worship God in spirit and in truth, is to declare that He is worthy of all, which expresses our reverence towards Him. We do this both through our spiritual, mental, physical and emotional core, and in light of His reality in our lives. We worship the Lord based on the truth of who He is, the truth of who we are, the truth of what He does, and the truth of what is going on in our lives.

We Get to Worship Freely!

So, to sum up, this series—just remember in this country (unfortunately unlike some other countries) we can worship freely, anytime, anyplace, in anything we are doing, with a heart inclined toward God and in complete submission to Him. We get to worship God when our attitudes, actions, and words declare that He is worthy of our whole being.

CS Lewis says it so plainly but so amazingly “In worship, God imparts Himself to us”.