It comes as no surprise that Jesus says in John 4:23 that the Father is seeking worshippers who will worship the Lord in Spirit and in truth. This call comes for us to prepare whilst on earth for an ETERNAL LIFESTYLE of worship in heaven.
The question must be asked what is worship? For many their definition is more about the style or what we prefer when it comes to what we think worship is all about. The Bible describes worship this way:
To bow down (and even prostrate oneself)
To adore (and kiss) showing love and intimacy
This is often expressed through music and song but in reality
WORSHIP IS THE LANGUAGE OF THE HEART AND CAN EVEN BYPASS THE LIPS
I believe we need to prepare our hearts to worship by making sure for example:
There is no unconfessed sin in our life The Psalmist says if we have sin in our heart God will not listen to us (Psalm 66:18)
We need to reaffirm (and surrender to the Lord) Christ’s Lordship over our life,
We should follow David’s pattern in Psalm 100:4
Enter His gates with thanksgiving, (make a list (if it helps) of all that God does for you)
Enter His courts with praise (again make a list If it helps) that includes God’s so great Salvation, the precious blood of Jesus, the access we have into God’s presence.
David could go no further, BUT WE CAN, there is no veil, (except our fears and doubts) we must enter into the very Throne room of heaven and bow down and worship.
Please note Jesus said (John 4:23) that we must worship:
Out of spirit (not our soul or body) as sadly these are forms of carnal worship
In truth, in other words with understanding, not out of ignorance and misinterpretation).
There are so many “forms” of worship in the church today, and my readers will prefer the form that “feels” best for them.
Some like a “Liturgical” form of worship
Some like an “Evangelical” form of worship
Some like silence
Some like a “contemporary” form of worship,
Some like a Charismatic/Pentecostal form of worship
The important thing is that we are bowing down and adoring, as God is looking at our heart, not just listening to our words and looking at our actions.
Potentially some Christians are going to feel uncomfortable and out of place in heaven, because they were not worshippers down here. I love Matt Redman’s song
When the music fades all is stripped away
And I simply come, longing just to bring
Something that’s of worth, that will bless Your heart
I’ll bring You more than a song, for a song in itself
Is not what You required, You search much deeper within
Through the way things appear, You’re looking into my heart
I”M COMING BACK TO THE HEART OF WORSHIP, AND IT”S ALL ABOUT YOU JESUS, IT”S ALL ABOUT YOU JESUS
I’m sorry Lord for the things I’ve made it, when it’s all about You Jesus, it’s all about You, Jesus
The King of endless worth, no one could express, how much you deserve? Lord.
LET US LEARN TO BE WORSHIPPERS HERE ON EARTH, AND BE READY FOR HEAVEN