Worship the Lord in Spirit and in Truth. Most of us are familiar with this phrase, but let’s ponder it for a moment. When we worship Jesus, we need to be spiritually tuned in. We need to not just be worshiping emotionally, but also truthfully. Do we consider the words of the praise songs that we chose to worship with?
Take for instance, the popular song Create In Me a Clean Heart. The line, “cast me not away from your presence” never sits well with my spirit, or with what I know to be Biblical truth, for that matter. Yes, it’s a direct scriptural quote. It is not at all applicable today, though. I realize that there is debate about whether a believer can fall away from Jesus. There should be no Biblical debate, however, as to God casting us away from Himself. It won’t happen. End of story. Jesus paid it all at the cross. God promises those of us under the new covenant which Jesus created at Calvary, that He will never leave us or forsake us. He certainly, then, will never cast us away from His presence. Yet, the song is beautiful and we often hear it sung in worship services. At the very least, we need to be cognizant of the facts, and have our minds alert as we sing that we need not fear being cast from God’s presence.
John 4:23-24 say, “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. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
Be aware while singing praises to God. Be engaged, both in spirit, and in truth.