© Elder Dorn J.B. Walker
TRUE WORSHIP? THAT’S WHAT THE FATHER DESIRES.
The hour has come…REALLY? How did we miss it? —It came more than 2,000 years ago when Jesus arrived on the scene. ….OH! Well, where are we? The Father is still seeking us….are we there yet–In the place that God calls true worship?
Have you ever wondered why John 4:23-24 say: 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. God is a Spirit; and they that worship Him MUST worship Him in spirit and in truth. What is the WORD talking about? We are living in a world where there is so much worship going on– BUT OF WHAT AND OF WHOM…. There are American Idols, self-Idols, friend Idols, spouse Idols, man Idols, job Idols, money Idols, social media Idols —you get the point. Where are the God worshippers—the true ones? When we truly worship God, He becomes the center of our attention and focus in life.
Worship is not just how we respond to songs and the music we sing and play. It is not just how we raise our hands or lower our hands. It is not just the way we look up to heaven or how tightly we close our eyes or lift our voices. Worship is a direct manifestation of our personal intimate relationship and fellowship with God. We must first have a heart and passion for God. Our hearts must become passionately desperate for God to commune with us. Then, we must learn how important it is to take time out to position ourselves with God on a daily basis—24/7 and 7/24..second by second and minute by minute—as we continue this posture of connection with our Father. But that takes all my time—That’s the point. “He wants it all”.
Today, individuals worship many things. As believers in God’s Kingdom, we must direct our worship to the Almighty God, the maker of heaven and earth. Exodus 20:5 and Exodus 34:14 declare that God is Jealous and His name is JEALOUS. Jealous God is mentioned in many other scriptures such as Deuteronomy 4:24, Deuteronomy 5:9, Deuteronomy 6:15, Joshua 24:19, and Nahum 1:2.
Let’s take a Selah moment [pause and calmly think about it]. This is what we worship:
(1) Everything that we are committed and devoted to;
(2) Whatever we are willing to live for and whatever we would die for;
(3) Whatever we can never live without;
(4) Whatever we love with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength and are willing to sacrifice our entire
life for—including our time, alms, gifts, the things we own, our money etc…
(5) Whatever we lay down our lives for.
God, the Father, desires true worship because He wants to fellowship with us. He is jealous over His creation and He really wants to be close to us. How many of us awaken daily with a passion and a burning desire to commune with the Almighty God? I am referring to communing with Him right there in your closet, on your bedroom floor–Totally away from the voices and distractions of others. This may be really hard for the busybody to fathom. Who can I help now? What can I fix? What is your problem—tell me sweetie—it’s ok. Who fixes us? How do we stay fixed? Remember, God is Jealous—we can never be God to anyone else—One of the greatest things we can do for someone we desire to help, is to get out of the way and let God finish the work He started with His creation. We are all wrecks waiting to happen without moment by moment fellowship with our Father God who made us in His image and in His likeness? He is patiently waiting to commune with us on a spiritual level. He wants true worship.
In John 4:23, the word “true” in the Greek is “alethinos (pronounced– al-ay-thee-nos). This word is used to describe God’s worshippers. Here, the word true is used as an adjective and signifies being “real”, “ideal”, and genuine. So God is saying: My worshippers must be real, ideal, and genuine. Ironically or non-ironically (are these two words allowed in the same sentence?—it is the best way to describe the situation), this same Greek word “Alethinos is used to describe “God”. For example:
John 7:28 states: “Then cried Jesus in the temple as He taught, saying Ye both know me, and ye know whence I am: and I am not come of myself, but he that sent me is TRUE whom ye know not”. (KJV)
John 17:3 says: “And this is eternal life: [It means] to know (to perceive, recognize, become acquainted with, and understand) You, the only TRUE and real God, and [likewise] to know Him, Jesus [as the] Christ (the anointed One, the Messiah), Whom You have sent”. (Amplified)
I Thessalonians 1:9 “For they themselves volunteer testimony concerning us, telling what an entrance we had among you, and how you turned to God from [your] idols to serve a God who is alive and TRUE and genuine”. (Amplified)
Revelation 6:10 says: “And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and TRUE, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?” (KJV)
Clearly, God fulfills the meaning of His name. He is the true God and He is distinctively different from all other gods—(false gods). He is also assuring us that He is true to His utterances—He cannot lie. In essence, God wants us to know that He means what He says and He says what He means.
I John 5:20 also shows that the same Greek word (TRUE) speaks of the purpose of Jesus Christ. “And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is TRUE, and we are in Him who is TRUE, even in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. (KJV)
Therefore, I have summarized that Alethinos (TRUE) defines the relationship of the conception to the thing to which it corresponds. In other words—the one who is made understands the One by whom he is made and he clearly, automatically, and by design responds out of this same character to the Creator in a true, real, ideal, and genuine form of worship. This is all the worshipper knows—It comes very natural—to the worshipper—he lives, moves, and has his very being in God. He knows that “to worship God we live and we live to worship God”. Just as God declares—Be ye holy as I am holy—He is also saying “worship me and serve me truly because IAM TRUE—Amen!
When we show no dependency on God or when we don’t sense a hunger for God, more than likely, our flesh is controlling us. When this occurs, we must fast the things of the flesh to bring it into humility. (One of my favorite sayings is: “Fasting feeds our hunger for God”). We deny the carnal and feed the spiritual”
Then, how do we prepare our hearts for TRUE worship?
(1) Staying Humble, Humble, and Humble a hundred times over. Humility is the key word. As we humble
ourselves before God and allow Him to increase in our lives daily; we begin to experience an unbroken
sweet fellowship with the Father. This is where worship takes place. Humility prevents us from falling
into the same trap that Lucifer fell into;
(2) Having a constant desire to draw near to God and to behold His beauty;
(3) Studying the word of God daily;
(4) Fully obeying the word of God—not by mere talk but by our actions; and
(5) Yielding to the Spirit of God within us.