The essence of worship is explained in John 4 as Jesus chats with the woman at the well. Jesus says worship is an overflow of the heart. Worship comes from within a spirit-filled person naturally. It is an outflow of what has happened on the inside. It cannot be stopped, but is a response to the love of the Father. It is fresh, ever-new and ever-flowing.
Worship gives life for others, refreshes and renews. It is not for the person themselves but others, pointing them to the Lifegiver. (Verse 14 says “But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life. ” John 4:14 NLT. True worship is not barren and dry but refreshes, invigorates and energizes.
Worship is not restricted by place and time. Jesus explained that it is not where that matters: Samaria or Jerusalem; in church or not in church; at the beach; on the mountain; or under a tree. True worship is not a formula, not an order of service, not done this way or that way. Worship is not whether we are of one race, a particular church, Pentecostal, high or low church. It can be free, liturgical, unplanned, organised, chaotic, gentle, challenging, in dance, drama, art, song or silence.
It is not one position; on our knees, face flat on the ground standing or sitting. All of these are acceptable. It is not our pedigree or station in life, our class that matter. It is not just for religious nuts, the regretful or repentant, those in the “in crowd” or those outside.
Worship is not just the worship team or those at the front, on the board, or newly converted, or those in the faith for many years. Worship is for all, everywhere, all the time.
“Jesus replied, “Believe me, dear woman, the time is coming when it will no longer matter whether you worship the Father on this mountain or in Jerusalem. and But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. John 4:21, 23 NLT
True worship is in Spirit and in truth. Worship is by the spirit. It is empowered by the Spirit, enlivened by the Spirit and enriched by the Spirit. It is filled by the Spirit, and leads to the Spirit. It is a spiritual act from our spirit through His Spirit. It glories in the Spirit but doesn’t point to just the Spirit. True worship draws others to Him. Worship declares who He is.
True worship imposes nothing on others. It lets others to see for themselves.
It is not rushed or pushy. It is prayerful, powerful and personal. True worship proclaims the Lifegiver is here, present and interested in all.
Worship is prophetic, productive and evangelical. It draws others to what He says and what He is doing. It loves all. It picks up the downtrodden, reaches in and puts us on our feet. It is all about Him and begins and ends in His powerful presence. It says He is precious and present always. True worship says He is The One, the Saviour of the world.
Worship is in truth. It is not false, worked up, pretended or a show. It comes from the heart and is expressed in as many ways as there are people. May we learn and worship in spirit in truth. May our worship draw others to Him. May our worship be in spirit in truth.
– Peter Swift
Energizer Creative Team Member