“But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him” (Jn. 4;23).
One day a man asked the Lord this question: “What is it you desire, Lord? What is on Your heart?
The Lord responded: “I enjoy it when My people just like being with Me, not asking anything of Me, just enjoying Me, for it is then that we enter into true communion and fellowship. This is my great desire; fellowship – to be with My people, that My people would enjoy Me for just being Me. This is true worship.”
Worship is communion with God. It is not about how good you make statements about God sound, or how you try to structure worship into great theological speeches, but it is the amount of heart and soul you pour into your communion and adoration of God. And may I also add that true worship involves presenting your body to the Lord daily as a living sacrifice. It also involves not being conformed to this world but being transformed through the renewing of your mind (Rom. 12:1-2). We make the mistake of confining worship only to singing and/or speaking forth our love and adoration of God. That is certainly a big part of it, but not all of it. You cannot worship in spirit and in truth with the same un-renewed mind and flesh-ruled body you had before you were born again.
True New Testament worship also includes a life of thanksgiving and rejoicing.
“Rejoice evermore…In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (1 Thes. 5:16, 18)
For too many believers, worship is about a feeling or a heightened emotion. Yes, there will often be feelings and emotions attached to true worship, of course, but what do you do when there are none? Don’t listen to teachings that tell you that just because you don’t feel His presence that He’s not there, or He’s not coming, or that you’ve sinned or are doing something wrong. That dryness that we sometimes experience is nothing more than spiritual change you’re going through. This spiritual change involves moving you from a place where your flesh has had the ascendency to your spirit now having ascendency.
What makes you think that just because you don’t feel anything that the Lord is not receiving your worship? This has nothing to do with whether you’ve broken through or not. In fact, some of the times you feel His presence less could be the times you’ve actually broken through more, because you’re dealing with things in your soul or flesh that kept you from it before.
As you spend more time in worship, the operation of the kingdom of God will be more real and more alive to you than the operation of your flesh or this world.
But here is one of the greatest verses on true spiritual worship, one that I’ve cited several times in past blogs.
“And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord…” (Eph. 5:18-19)
This is actually a command for believers to be filled with the Spirit. How? By speaking or singing (Col. 3:16) Spirit-inspired utterances. When you are filled with the Spirit you overflow with joy, thanksgiving, and even dancing and laughter. Some people are quick to say that there is no dancing, or what some call holy laughter in the New Testament, but it is perfectly Scriptural because it is an outflow of being filled. Just as a drunk man does funny and peculiar things when he is drunk even so it is in the Spirit.
These verses tell us not to be drunk with wine but to be filled or drunk with the Spirit. In other words, the part of the person that is affected by too much alcohol is their physical senses. If you saw some alcoholics sober you would not recognize them. To cope with life’s problems they sedate their physical senses with alcohol so that the reality of their life and troubles never has to settle in.
Yet in the same way an alcoholic has to deal with life by numbing his senses to it, you and I can be filled with the Spirit in private worship so that we may obtain the same effect spiritually. God’s presence moving upon your spirit sedates you from the negative input of the world that’s contrary to the promises of God.
The more you worship God, the more the Holy Spirit will be able to permeate your spirit with His presence. The ripples from your spirit will permeate your soul, and the ripples from your soul will permeate your physical senses until His presence not only surrounds your whole being, but will also permeate the atmosphere around you until even other people will become aware of His presence. This is what some men of old I’ve read about carried. The atmosphere was affected wherever they walked.
Can you imagine what this would do to a worship leader’s anointing, or to the message of a preacher? Or to the home of a believer? Emotions that could easily be charged with torment and fear can instead be charged with God’s presence.
Whereas fasting deals directly with the physical man, worship submerges and baptizes your spirit into God’s presence and can suspend it there for hours at a time. Another great benefit is that it will bring you into a whole new level of mortification and cleanse you from things that have to do with love and a deeper walk with God. Such things as bitterness, unforgiveness, intimidations, and other issues that shorten a man’s life will start to die. When these things lose their hold on you it will also take you to new levels of health you never thought possible. Praise God!
Sadly, some Christians only worship God in a corporate setting. And even then, it is often with the help of external props that come with a talented singer and band, lights, fancy staging, and other high-tech boosters. My admonition to you is to start worshipping God alone in your home or wherever you are.