Worship 13

John 4:24 “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

Psalm 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.

Isaiah 57:15 For thus says the high and exalted One Who lives forever, whose name is Holy, “I dwell on a high and holy place, And also with the contrite and lowly of spirit In order to revive the spirit of the lowly And to revive the heart of the contrite.

Matthew 15:8 ‘THIS PEOPLE HONORS ME WITH THEIR LIPS, BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR AWAY FROM ME 9 ‘BUT IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME, TEACHING AS DOCTRINES THE PRECEPTS OF MEN.'”

Amos 5:21 “I hate, I reject your festivals, Nor do I delight in your solemn assemblies. 22 “Even though you offer up to Me burnt offerings and your grain offerings, I will not accept them; And I will not even look at the peace offerings of your fatlings. 23 “Take away from Me the noise of your songs; I will not even listen to the sound of your harps.

The local church is at times the focus of the battle over true worship, though sadly enough the battle over true worship is usually over types or style of music. When worship is limited to a style of music and that becomes what is important, the battle has already been lost and one can be virtually guaranteed that the so-called worship at that place is really nothing more than noise to God. When we think that our worship is acceptable simply because we sing the old hymns or we sing the Psalms or any other thing like that, once again the battle has been lost. The issue is the heart and the heart must love God and seek God Himself if there is to be true worship. This is not a minor issue when we read carefully the verses above. God seeks the heart and must make the heart an instrument of worship. When we fall into the idea of music and types of music, we have lost the idea of true worship.

When a local congregation comes together it should be coming together to seek the presence of God. If it uses something called “worship” to seek human beings to attend, it is seeking to please men and not God. Using music to alter the moods and feelings of souls is not conducive to the true worship of God. There are certain kinds of music that are jarring to the soul and are not in accordance with the reverence and awe of God. There are certain kinds of music that are not conducive to spiritual worship when it is directed at physical feelings. But there is also a kind of preaching that is not in accordance to reverence and awe of God and nor to spiritual worship. The concept of worship has largely been lost today. No longer do we think of worship as a soul being taken over by God, but it is now limited to forms of music. This has harmed the Church because it has diminished true worship in both the singing and the preaching. It has also diminished the place of preaching and the ordinances or sacraments. A true church is to be a church in worship in all it does. To repeat, all that a church does is to be true worship.

A true church is a collection of believers who are the body of Christ. When the church gathers to worship, it is so that God would be pleased with the manifestation of His glory in Christ. If a believer loves God with all of the soul, that is what the believer desires as well. Believers are to long and pray for the glory of God to be manifested. That is the intent of God in worship because He created all things for His glory. The Church especially has been saved to the praise of the glory of His grace (Eph 1:6). Therefore, that should be the goal of each church and person as well. The music, the preaching, and all a church does must be to that goal. All true worship must be Trinitarian. It must be to the Father as revealed by the Son and it must be by the work of the Spirit in giving love and joy through Christ to the Father, which is simply the glory of God being manifested. There is no worship apart from reverence and awe, but neither is there worship apart from love and joy. Our music and all we do must be to that end. Self has no place in true worship. God alone decides what is true worship and all true worship must come from Him through Christ and by the Spirit. We are not left to our own desires and pleasures to decide what true worship is and what it is not. That has already been decided. Will we seek to humble ourselves and then to worship Him in spirit and truth for His glory and pleasure? If not, we will only worship ourselves.

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