“For the hour is coming and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth for the Father seeketh such to worship Him”—John 4:23
Our opening verse is such, that anyone who has been in a church setting for quite some years will be familiar with. However, just as our title for today says, what exactly makes for true worship? When can we be said to be worshipping the father the way he would love to be worshipped? When we sing him songs full of his eulogy, especially those in local dialect? (and nothing wrong with dialects, only let the content be accurate).
Let’s see something in Hebrews 13:15, the word of God says “By Him let us offer to God the sacrifice of praise, that is the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name”.
The sacrifice of praise and adoration that’s most pleasing will be such that gives thanks in His name. But is it just about His name? in the New international version that scripture in Hebrews 13 is rendered as “By Him let us offer to God the sacrifice of praise, that is the fruit of our lips confessing His name”. This makes the hidden meaning a little more obvious, it says “making confession in His name”. The word confession is from the Greek “homologio”, “homo” which means “the same” and “logio from logos” which means “word” together meaning to “say the same thing”…this then informs us that it is God’s wish that in our worship of Him we say the same thing He has said about His son Jesus and then us the believers.
During our moments of worship, we should endeavour to use songs that bring glory to the work of redemption that the Father has done through His son Jesus for us. We should speak well of the Father. We should speak well of ourselves in the light of redemption. This is the kind of worshippers that the Father desires. Glory to God.
FURTHER READING: John 4: 20-24
CONFESSION: I am a true worshipper, the type that speaks well of the work that God has done in Christ. I sing songs of my redemption and salvation in Christ. I use languages that agree with what the Father has done for me. Hallelujah.