Monday, August 21, 2006

How do you worship?

While looking for more books and bible studies on worship to expand my understanding of this wonderful part of the Christian walk, I stumbled on to an interesting translation of a common passage about worship.

But the time is coming--it has, in fact, come--when what you're called will not matter and where you go to worship will not matter. "It's who you are and the way you live that count before God. Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That's the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship. God is sheer being itself--Spirit. Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration."
John 4:23-24

In dealing with the “Woman at the Well” Jesus was dealing with more than just her sin in her life. Jesus was addressing the corporate worship of the Samaritans themselves.

The Samaritans chose not to travel to Jerusalem to worship at the temple (under the law). They took an old worship location built to worship false idols and chose to worship there.
Christ was dealing with their very method and mindset of worship and presenting a truth to them and at the same time a revelation of part of the mystery of grace.

So now we live in a new dispensation, an age of grace, where we must worship with everything we do at all times. I love the translation “Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration.” Our true selves.

This weekend I tried a new church service at the Evangelical Free church here in town, I don’t know anyone there (yet) and I slipped in 5 min late to avoid having to speak to people. I stood there in shorts and a t-shirt, my spirit lifted up with the music (awesome worship sound) and preaching/teaching. I came just like I am in every day life, nothing to hold me back from being me, no one I knew watching to see what I did.

I can raise my hands in worship. I can sing at the top pf my lungs, I can cry, I can dance, I can smile. This is what worship is supposed to be. Me myself, the real me, all out there before my God. I do it in the car, why can’t I do it in “my” church?

Real worship is worship that comes from within. Real worship that permeates your entire life and leaks out on to others: from music, to scripture, to our every day language, it is all in worship that we have been commanded to have.

How do you worship? I want to worship with abandonment.

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