TO THE PRAISE OF HIS GLORY(Pt. 3)

“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).

WORSHIP GOD IN THE SPIRIT

In John Chapter 4, the disciples did not realize that when Jesus sat down by Jacob’s well, one of the most important lessons would be given them. He sat down by a well hungry and thirsty. But Jesus’ hunger and thirst was far greater spiritually than physical. First, He thirsted and longed that all of God’s children should return Home. Samaria had long been thought to be a place where a marginalized people dwelt. As Jesus sat by the well perhaps many felt what the Jews of His day felt when the Samaritan woman came to draw water. Her reputation was known throughout the community: Five failed marriages, and presently living with number six! And yet…what was not known was that this wayward woman was key to her village’s breakthrough to a God reality.

Jesus knew that this woman was the Father’s assignment for Him that day. He saw deeper than surface appearances to the actual “deep calling to deep”. What was the deepest longing and need in her life? A thirst to become the person she was created to be, a true worshipper of God; knowing Him and making Him known.

WORSHIP IN SPIRIT

Jesus gives the Samaritan woman the key into the heart of God. “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.  God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and truth”(John 4:23-24 NKJV).

God is Spirit. He is the uncreated One Who exists as a Spirit being. By His Spirit everything that exists was created or made to exist as the Book of Genesis, Chapter One, records.

The key to true worship is discovering ourselves in the light of God. We as human beings are created spirit beings (Genesis 2:7). Human beings are created spirit beings (Genesis 2:7). We were brought forth as God’s highest created order to uniquely know, love and serve Him. The ground of our fellowship with God is not in “doing for God” but “Knowing God”, not religiously, but relationally. This heart to heart relationship is what David, time and again, extolls in the Psalms.

“I will praise You, O LORD, with my whole heart”(Psalm 9:1). Again,”Praise the LORD! I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright and in the congregation”(Psalm 111:1 NKJV).

The prophet declares,”With my soul I have desired You in the night, Yes, by my spirit within me I will seek You early” (Isaiah 26:9a NKJV).

The apostle Paul speaks of the Holy Spirit’s assistance in making perfect our prayer (Which is an act of worship). “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us”(Romans 8:26a NKJV).

Again, Paul refers to his own prayer and worship as “praying with his spirit as well as with his understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding” (1Corinthians 14:15 NKJV).

Angels are spirit beings. They were created to worship God. The LORD God asked Job, “Where were you…when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God”(Angels)”shouted for joy?”(Job 38: 4a,7). This is one of the reasons Lucifer (Satan) hates true worship. He was created by God and apparently given charge of leading the angelic host in worship before the very throne of God, until he rebelled and was cast out of the presence of God (Read Isaiah 14:12-15 & Ezekiel 28:13-15).

Finally, we note that John the Beloved sees in heaven the 24 Elders gazing upon the Throne. Each glimpse seems to evoke a new expression of songs of adoration and worship. “They sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb”(Revelation 15:3 NKJV).

This is the hour that the Spirit of God is restoring true worship,”To Him be glory in the Church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen”(Ephesians 3:21).

 

Copyright(c) 2012, Walter Fletcher Jr., All rights reserved.  This article may be copied free of charge provided that it is not altered in any way from its original.  Send all correspondence to: Walterfletcherjr@gmail.com

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