Joy in His Presence – Worship in Spirit and Truth

22 Jul

worshipjoy“These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules”–Matthew 15:8-9

“The purpose of God in sending His Son to die and rise and live and be at the right hand of God the Father was that He might restore to us the missing jewel, the jewel of worship; that we might come back and learn to do again that which we were created to do in the first place – worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness, to spend our time in awesome wonder and adoration of God, feeling and expressing it, and letting it get into our labors and doing nothing except as an act of worship to Almighty God through His Son, Jesus Christ” (A.W. Tozer, Worship The Missing Jewel).

Prepare our hearts Lord that we may honor and praise you with awe and astonishment; magnifying your worthiness.

“You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand”–Psalm 16:11

“God created me—and you—to live with a single, all-embracing, all-transforming passion—-namely, a passion to glorify God by enjoying and displaying his supreme excellence in all the spheres of life. Enjoying and displaying are both crucial. If we try to display the excellence of God without joy in it, we will display a shell of hypocrisy and create scorn or legalism. But if we claim to enjoy his excellence and do not display it for others to see and admire, we deceive ourselves, because the mark of God-enthralled joy is to overflow and expand by extending itself into the hearts of others. The wasted life is the life without a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples” (John Piper, Don’t Waste Your Life).

Prepare our hearts Lord; fill them with the indescribable glorious joy found in the promise and hope of the cross.

“God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth”–John 4:24

“Having the Holy Spirit residing within does not guarantee that we will always worship in spirit and truth, but it does mean we can. To worship God in spirit is to worship from the inside out. It means to be sincere in our acts of worship. No matter how spiritual the song you are singing, no matter how poetic the prayer you are praying, if it isn’t sincere then it isn’t worship, it’s hypocrisy. The balance to worshiping in spirit is to worship in truth. We are to worship according to the truth of Scripture. We worship God as He is revealed in the Bible, not as we might want Him to be. We worship Him as a God of both mercy and justice, of love and wrath, a God who both welcomes into Heaven and condemns into hell. We are to worship in response to truth. If we don’t, we worship in vain” (Donald Whitney, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life).

Prepare our hearts Lord for worship; that we may genuinely come before you.

 

Joy in His Presence

Joy is referred to not once, but 422 times in the Bible. A simple word, it packs a powerful fruit of the Spirit punch.

Joy begins with fellowship in Christ — loving Him and His presence.

The seeds of joy are Holy Spirit planted, rooted, and find life when we spend time in intimate prayer and worship of God. When His Word is rooted in our lives and our hearts find completion in Him alone, joy flourishes.  Simply, when God is bigger than the largest mountain in our lives, joy blossoms.

Need some joy today? Take your Bible, ponder His scriptures on joy and spend time in His presence praying. Fall in love with Christ anew today and allow the joy of the Lord to become your strength.

The remainder of this article can be viewed here: Joy in His Presence – Mentoring Moments.

 

 

 

 

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