THEME: WORSHIP THE LORD
“Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
-Worship is the activity of glorifying God in His presence with our voices and hearts. It is not just singing but everything we do should be geared towards bringing glory to God as a form of worship. Worship is more of a personal experience with God, the more we know God, the better our worship experience. According to the Samaritan’s, mount Gerizim which is near Shechem was believed to be the highest, oldest and most central mountain in the world and they esteemed it as a sacred place of worship. They held their Passover feast there and believed that God was present on the mountain. The Jews worshiped in the Jerusalem temple as per their customs where they felt most secure to worship until the temple was destroyed. They now worship inside the temple courts which is surrounded by a wall as they await the Messiah to come and rebuilt the temple. Some religions believe that God should be worshiped as they face a specific direction, for instance; Muslims face Mecca and specifically to the Ka’abah. Some traditionalist believe that God should be worshiped as they face a certain mountain or under a special tree, for instance; the Mugumo tree. Other religions idolize certain objects or animals as their gods. Like the Jews, some Christians believe that God should only be worshiped in churches or specific sacred places. Since the churches are closed; most of the Christians are stranded and their spirituality remains dead. As we studied last week, the Holy Spirit dwells in us and our bodies are His temples. God is Omnipresent and we are called to worship Him from anywhere and at any time, for the Holy Spirit is a fountain of living water dwelling in us. Jesus’ response to the Samaritan woman reflects the recommended way of worship, saying, “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:23-24). To worship in spirit, we should first acknowledge that the Holy Spirit dwells in us through the gift of salvation that has been brought to us through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Our hearts then should be engaged fully to God as we seek first His kingdom and His righteousness. Worship in truth should be in true hearts founded on the word of God as we focus on Jesus who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Truth can never be found hiding in the darkness, but always seeks to remain in the light. The Light who is the Holy Spirit dwelling in us exposes and makes manifest His truth in our hearts as we fellowship with Him.
We worship You Lord with gladness and come before You with joyful songs. Thank You Abba Father for this day that You have made, we rejoice and are glad in it. You are our only God, our Only Savior, nothing can be compared to You in heaven and on earth. We love You Holy Spirit for You loved us first. We seek to know You and love You more, give us Your hearts, give us Your love. We worship You and praise You; for only You are worthy of our praises, teach us how to always worship You in spirit and in truth. During this season when we are tackling COVID-19; may You pour Your precious blood upon us, our families, friends, all doctors, nurses, churches, our nation and all the nations of the world Jesus; for only Your blood has victory over all things. Help all of us when we do not know how to pray and praise and take charge of our spirits Holy Spirit; so that our sacrifice of praise may be pleasing to You. Be the Light of our lives and help us to seek first Your kingdom and Your righteousness and all other things You will add unto us. You are the Way, the Truth and the Life Jesus, please allow the whole human race come to know Your salvation. You are Holy Lord; full of glory and righteousness, only You deserve our worship and praises. Amen
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