If you're like most Christians around the world, you gather with other believers every week to worship God. It may be in small groups or great crowds, but the goal is the same—to exalt Christ. Sometimes I wonder, though, how many of us are doing what Jesus Himself said is necessary: “True worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth” (John 4:23).
Worship is our response to who God is and what He does.
In other words, to genuinely praise and honor the Lord, we must know the truth about Him. After all, worship is our response to who God is and what He does, so it is essential to know what He has revealed about Himself in His Word. Otherwise, we’ll be in the same boat as the Samaritan woman, to whom Jesus said, “You worship what you do not know” (John 4:22).
The Scriptures clearly teach about God’s attributes, the history of His interactions with humanity, and how we’re to approach Him. Without this foundation, it’s easy to get off balance—to say and do things that actually displease the Lord rather than exalt Him. But when we know what the Bible says, we are able to praise Him according to the truth and discern if our response in any way falls short of what He advocates.
The next time a hymn is sung in church, listen for phrases and concepts that come directly from Scripture, and let them inspire a response of glory and honor to God. Likewise, I hope you’ll find this month’s devotions an encouragement to worship Him in spirit and truth.