“But the hour cometh, 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).”
Any believer can worship God at Mount Gerizim, Jerusalem, or off a stump in a wilderness. Jesus is saying to a converted adulterous woman, it is not where one worships God, but how one worships God. Those who do worship God are those who worship Him in spirit and in truth.
As confusing as it was to many in that day where to worship God, it is even more so today. There are millions upon millions who worship graven images, they worship gods of the unknown, and even worship their own glory. God is a Spirit; He is God who sits on His throne, He cannot be carved out of a piece of stone, and He is God who can be known.
When God makes Himself known to any person, that person feels like removing his shoes, falling down at His feet, and bearing his face in the dirt. It is a moment unequalled to any other time in life’s experiences. The immediate response is: Lord, what will you have for me to do?
Almighty God is seeking such to worship him. He desires the presence of fallen men to come into His dwelling place. He looks for such a people who will look only unto Him, who will only call on His name, and who present themselves as servants carrying out His divine will. It is not anything we can bring, only to Him do we cling. We worship His name.
Is it possible for a believer to hold grudges against his brother and be a true worshipper? Can a believer be a true worshipper and not give his tithes and offerings? Is one a true worshipper and who forsakes the assembling with other believers in church? Can there ever be a true worshipper of the Father and not ever mention the death, burial, and the resurrection of His Son to anyone? I say not!
True worshippers are aware of God’s presence. “Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence (Psalms 139:7)?” God’s presence is everywhere at the same time. He is all- eternal.
True worshippers are full of God’s praise. “I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being (Psalms 104:33).” Let not your heart be troubled.
True worshippers are content with God’s peace. “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7).” I’m ok!
True worshippers are informed of God’s perfection. “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning (James 1:17).” In Him there is only light and no darkness ever dwells.
True worshippers are focused on God’s purpose. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).” Its ok!
It seems to me…worship is a way of life for the saved. There is no question where we may be, or in whose company we may be found; we are always beholding His face no matter what. When so, others will take notice that we are the true worshippers that He has found!