Respond: A Call to Authentic Worship (Part 14)
How do we worship? What are we “allowed” to do while still being reverent before the Lord, worshiping in spirit and truth? What is God's desire for our worship? Does He give us the right to pick and choose how we worship?
Over the course of this multi-part devotional, we will discover and learn the ways that we can actively worship God when we come together as the gathered Church. We are told in Paul’s letter to the church in Corinth that our mere existence, even eating or drinking, can be worship to God; so we understand that our worship is not confined to a time or a place—it is a lifestyle. This mini-series is intended to develop our worship as it pertains to the intentional physical and spiritual acts that we do during our worship. Granted, these things can (and should) be done whether we are at church or not. My hope is that churches and believers everywhere, will experience true freedom in worship together—a glimpse into what heaven may be like one day. God desires us to worship in this way. Let’s learn together.
“So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31 (NLT)
Part 14: Our Spiritual Posture - Our Souls
“But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.” John 4:23-24 (NLT)
“And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.” John 14:16-17 (NKJV)
“For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh …” Philippians 3:3 (NKJV)
We worship the Lord in spirit. As believers, we have been given the Holy Spirit to dwell within us, and as we worship, we rely on His Spirit, rather than our own flesh and understanding. We have been set apart to do this for God, and He desires for us to worship Him in this way.
The spiritual posture of our bodies needs to be developed and maintained in order to have a properly functioning physical posture. God desires and deserves everything from us, internally and externally, and every fiber of our beings need to work together to give that to Him. Our minds, hearts, and souls will dictate the way in which we respond in worship to our Savior. Is your spiritual posture leading you to serve and focus on yourself or worship the Lord regardless of your current circumstances or preferences?
In this devotional, we have learned how to worship the Lord in the way He desires us to—in spirit and in truth. Our worship is internal before it becomes external, but our internal devotion should most certainly result in external expression. That being said, we can perform an elaborate show among men but lack the internal reverence and understanding required of biblical worship, but our God looks at the heart. He sees our intentions. I pray with expectation that this study will open the door of breakthrough in worship for believers everywhere. God is waiting. Will you move?