Worship 26

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.

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.

Hebrews 12:28 Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; 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.'”

1 Peter 4:11 Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Matthew 22:37 And He said to him, “‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’

The worship of God extends to all things, which is to say that we are to worship God in all of life. However, there is a specific worship regarding the spiritual things that He has given us that is in primary focus at the moment. We must never, ever forget that worship is not following the order of the bulletin and doing what the bulletin says, but worship is something that the entire soul does in the presence of God. True worship must come from God first and then be aimed or intended to be done for Him. True worship comes from God and is for God. True worship is the shining forth of the glory of God in and through His people (through Christ by the Spirit) and is primarily that He may behold Himself and His own glory.

Worship is to follow the Great Commandment in many ways and be an expression of it. True worship cannot happen apart from love and that means true love rather than what men call love in our day. This must be repeated and it must come to our hearts as a settled truth. True worship cannot happen apart from love which means apart from true love there is no true worship. Regardless of all the acts of the body and soul, apart from love there is no true worship at all. Even if we can sing with the most beautiful of voices, without love the beautiful voices are to God as a noisy gong or clanging symbol. Even if a person is the greatest preacher in gifts and has throngs crowding to hear him, apart from true love that person is nothing and what that person does is nothing. Even if a person has vast amounts of theological knowledge, apart from love that person is nothing.

1 Corinthians 13:1 If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.

Just in case the point has not been made well or has not been stated strongly enough, the love that is required for true worship is the love of God. True worship is focused on Him so how can the love required for worship be anything less but love for Him? The modern day has so-called worship that appears to be so focused on men that it is not the true worship of God at all. A church without the true Gospel is not a church at all. What is a church without true worship? It is a church without true love. Can there be a true church without the love of God?

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