Have you ever been placed in a situation where you had to praise someone who you did not really know? Sometimes it happens to us while engaging in icebreakers during team building exercises. What do you say to praise someone you do not know? At best your praise is limited to what you have heard someone else say about him or her, or a very shallow description of what you’ve immediately observed about him or her like “he/she has a pretty smile and dresses very well”. Certainly there is nothing real meaningful that you can say about someone who you have not taken the time to know intimately.
In that same line of thought what do you say to a God or about a God whom you have not personally and intentionally taken the time to know? When we worship without a personal revelation of the One we worship the best we can do is worship from someone else’s story of intimacy and not our own. For our worship to be real, authentic, and powerful we MUST worship God out of a personal revelation of His Divine Nature.
In John 4:23, Jesus defines the paradigm of New Testament worship with these words “But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.” (ESV) Whatever our worship is, in terms of expression, wherever our worship happens, in terms of location, our worship must contain at its core a marrying of Spirit and Truth reality for it to be the kind of worship that the true worshippers of God bring to the Father. The word “Truth” in the Greek used in this passage is the word alétheia, which literally translated means “nothing hidden”. There is a twofold way that this “nothing hidden” reality of our worship works; First, We must personally worship God in sincerity, without falsehood with nothing hidden, it is as we were in the garden before the lie, completely naked and unashamed before our God. Secondly, our worship must flow out of the divine revelation of God as revealed through Christ. Any worship that does not flow out of this place is not the kind of worship that the Father seeks.
It is important that the body of Christ moves from the forms, traditions and methods of worship and returns to the heart of Spirit and Truth Worship. As Revival People it is our mandate to restore, reclaim and resurrect Spirit and Truth Worship in the house of God.
Pastor Rosmery Bethel
Epic Church Bahamas