True Worship | Part Two
Building a Personal Worship Portfolio
Worship is an intimate event. It is important that we set ourselves up for success when we decide to enter into the Worship of God. False expectations and false imaginations can really damage and misdirect us. We need to remove all our obstacles and obstructions that will hinder or misdirect in pursuing a Pure and Holy Worship Experience. This is critical in the growth of our soul. If you have not already read this, please, Check out: What is True Worship? [True Worship | Part] To see why this is so critical.
This Post is devoted to developing a list of Songs that will promote the Worship of God that He Deserves, or more to the point: We DESERVE (or rather we need). When we shortchange our worship, we don’t shortchange God, but sadly we shortchange ourselves. God will still be God, whether I choose to worship Him or honor Him or Not. He doesn’t need my worship–He is unchanging. I need worship that lines up with His Nature that I might enter His Presence, in Spirit and in Truth. I will do well to consider His Character, Power, Glory, Majesty, Holiness, Mercy, and Perfection. Why? So that I can connect with Him. The Real One. The True One. The Perfect One. What I pursue, I want to obtain. My reward for entering into a True Covenant of Godly Worship: MY SOUL GETS RESTORED.
We want to Worship the One Person is Worthy of My Worship, in Spirit and in Truth. The Words we Sing Matter. The Attitude we have when we sing matters. The Atmosphere we project
If I don’t know Him and I don’t seek Him, if I don’t See Him and I don’t find Him–Guess What? I am going to worship something or someone other than Him, because my soul is thirsty, and it will find something and somewhere to get a drink–but it often is not the kind of drink that will ever satisfy and heal and nourish my soul for eternity’s sake.
Will I replace a True, Pure, and Holy object of Worship, with a cheap imitation? If and when I do … I will receive the due penalty for my reward. (Romans 1) Otherwise known as Idolatry. I have a choice to make what Am I going to use to fill my soul? A trip to the Local Strip Club, a session of Pole Dancing? That that is a form of worship. Porn on the internet? Or I could spend hours in front of a Big Screen watching the Olympics, Wrestling, MMA, Football, Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Rugby, Cricket. The early church in Roman had the choice to go to the Coliseum to watch the gladiators fight to the death, or attend fellowship gathering where men and women worship the Man who conquered Death! Today we have the same choices set before us, only we don’t even need to leave our homes. We make our choices by changing a channel or flipping a switch. Many modern worshippers can worship in front of blinking screen for 3 or more hours to watch a football game or a movie, but will get bored and/or irritated if a worship time at church goes longer than 20 minutes.
BTW–Worship includes many facets of faith, including listening to scripture, reading, studying, prayer, obedience, sacrifice, giving, serving, preaching, and steps of extraordinary faith. In other words, it is not limited to simply singing songs, but that is also a key and vital component of worship as well.
The Truth is you can feel it. You can sense it. You can discern the change in your Spirit, when you Worship Him in Spirit and in Truth.
And these are the Worshippers He Seeks: those who will worship Him is Spirit and Truth. It is only those who enter into the space of Worship in Spirit and Truth who will genuinely connect with Him, and receive the reward and object of their worship.
In the Passage Below Yeshua plainly and simply lays out what True Worship is All about:
John 4:10-24 (KJV) Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. 11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? 12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? 13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: 14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. 15 The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw. 16 Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither. 17 The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: 18 For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly. 19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. 21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. 23 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. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
Sadly, there are millions of counterfeit worship traditions, songs, practices, and false worship leaders. They lead people to focus their worship on men and on themselves, on their feelings, on their clothing, on their music style, on their fades, their money, their popularity, their “hot” musical and vocal skills, their “cool” and hip attitude, and on their seductive/beautiful/attractive bodies, and on their total worship performance experience with lights, smoke, ground fog, dance, etc.,–none of which is generating one lick of true worship in Spirit and in Truth.
It should be needless to say, We don’t want participate, nor in any way promote, nor compromise, this most Holy, most honoring, Act of Faith.
If I get it wrong, I am the one that suffers. I suffer in disconnection. I suffer in being excluded (in Spirit and in Truth). I suffer in delusion and deception of thinking, of motives, of spiritual direction, and spiritual life. I suffer in missing the mark, holding a grudge, holding on to sin, holding on to pride, greed, lust, selfishness, and the like. If I bring these into my Worship, and bring darkness into His Presence, guess what? I won’t be actually entering His presence, I will be participating in a counterfeit spiritual experience. But when I enter into a place of True Worship, I release all my darkness, all my crimes against God, all my
The Fall out of our false worship is that we will connect to a false spirit, and be “none the wiser.” This is critical issue. Is it possible I am worshipping a false Jesus? in a false attitude? in a false atmosphere? in a false way? following a crowd of people? who are not drawing close to God but are drawing men and women to follow after them? If this problem was happening while Yeshua was upon the Earth, while walking among his own people, how much more possible could it happen in our day? (refer to chapters: John 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
Guess what? It can happen. It does happen. And it is prevalent.
That is one reason we want to be highly selective to what songs we choose to use and songs of worship.
The Exclusivity of the Gospel …
“To Him Who has an Ear to Hear,
Let Him Hear.”
The gospel excludes the one who is not interested in learning,
hearing, believing, or living in the gospel.
To such a person the gospel is foolishness, and nonsense, and even heresy.
1 Corinthians 1:18-25 (HCSB)
18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing,
but it is God’s power to us who are being saved.
19 For it is written:
I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and I will set aside the understanding of the experts.
20 Where is the philosopher? Where is the scholar? Where is the debater of this age?
Hasn’t God made the world’s wisdom foolish?
21 For since, in God’s wisdom, the world did not know God through wisdom, God was pleased to save those who believe through the foolishness of the message preached. 22 For the Jews ask for signs and the Greeks seek wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to the Gentiles. 24 Yet to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is God’s power and God’s wisdom, 25 because God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.