19th November 2014
Part 2 of a series of blogs on worship by Impact student Tamara Brunton. Click here for part 1.
John 4:23-24 says: “But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
We are called to be true worshippers of God – and Jesus emphasises that we should worship the Father not just in Spirit, but also in truth, and not just worship him outwardly, but that our internal worship should be rooted in Spirit and truth.
Revelation 21:2-3 says: “And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, 'Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.'" This means we don’t have to come to a special place to worship God, such as a church building or a holy city, because the dwelling place of God isn’t confined to sacred places anymore. The dwelling place of God is now within His people, which leaves us free to worship wherever and whenever we want.
To me, this indicates that God loves it when we worship of our own accord, not solely when we get invited to, and that worship should be an ongoing and constant thing. In the Old Testament, the Spirit fell only on specific people at certain times, but now we all have access to the Spirit, and we have Him within us. As it says in Joel 2:28-29: “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. Even on the male and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit.”
And in Psalm 132:7 it says: “Let us go to his dwelling place; let us worship at his footstool!” And when you look through that verse and put it alongside Revelation 21:2-4, you can see this Psalm as an encouragement to worship God constantly.
Posted by Tamara Brunton