“Lord, teach us to worship you … In spirit and in truth” So often this prayer is on our lips, and the longer one walks in faith, the more we must conclude:
“Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. ” (Philippians 3:12)
There is so much to say and write about what it means to sing and worship Him who is the true and living God … and yet our words seem to be insufficient.
Worship is so much more than words and songs, even though they play a significant role in our worship. Throughout Scripture we are asked to “sing and play” the Lord to “clap hands” to “shout” and “enter into His courts with thanksgiving.” And we often quote: “The Lord dwells in the praises of His people.” (Psalm 22:3)
However, this can not be everything. We are called in the time of the New Covenant to more than just “festivities and rituals” that are only a shadow of the things that are to come, but the reality is found in Christ. (Colossians 2:17)
In the New Testament we are seldom asked to sing and play music as part of our worship. We are asked to enter in, but to where? To Him who lives in us! At anywhere, at any time, we can lift up holy hands and give thanks to the Lord. How are we to sing and play? With what instruments? What form? All we read in the New Testament is: “In your heart” (Ephesians 5:19, Colossians 3:16).
This is Worship that pleases God! In truth and in spirit! Do you sing to God with all your heart? With your life? Always?
May our words and our songs once again be more and more of a reflection of his beauty and HIM whether it is with or without words, loud or quiet, but let it be in truth and in spirit!