Every human being is born with an inbuilt desire to worship. Worship is the ultimate expression of a heart that is devoted to love, adore, serve and live for a deity. When it comes to the matter of which deity, a look around you tells that people differ in the matter of which deity is to be worshipped and how that deity is to be worshipped.
Christians in general and believers in particular, agree on who is to be worshipped. In the Old Testament, Yahuwah, our Heavenly Father, thundered from Mount Sinai and told His people Israel, “Thou shalt fear Yahuwah thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name” (Deut.6:13). Yahuwah desires and demands worship from His chosen people, because, He is their Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer, Provider and everything (Jeremiah 10:10-12). Psalm 148 is a wonderful psalm of praise to Yahuwah, who alone deserves our praise and worship because He created everything that exists in this universe. In the New Testament, putting all doubts to rest in the matter of who is to be worshipped, Jesus defeated the arch-rival the devil, who is bent upon stealing this worship to himself, in the crucial temptation to worship him, by stating firmly and clearly, “Thou shalt worship Yahuwah thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” Matt.4:10 (Emphasis added).
Well, with the question of who is to be worshipped settled once for all, there remains another important question that needs to be answered. How our God –Yahuwah- is to be worshipped?
There are myriad of books on the subject of what is Worship, written by great Christian authors. But when it comes to the matter of how our God is to be worshipped, we find that even believers differ in their opinion and come up with varying answers to this question. That’s the reason why we find so many denominations and groups all over the world, following their own methods of worship.
Some may say, “Why discussion on this issue? Jesus clearly said that the Heavenly Father is Spirit and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth. That’s all. It is very simple. One can worship the Father however he wants to, but it should be in spirit and in truth.” True. Sounds pretty simple. Worship the Father in spirit, yes, but in truth, what? What is truth?
In fact, the above quotation is found in John’s gospel chapter 4. There we read a wonderful conversation between Jesus and a Samaritan woman which finally touches the most important subject – worship. Interestingly, in the gospels, there is no record of such discourse between Jesus and any of the learned, intellect Jewish Teachers of Law in Jesus’ day. In this chapter, an ordinary, outcast Samaritan woman is asking Jesus about the right place to worship the Father. In her day, place of worship mattered most according to the Law of Moses. But Jesus, replying to her question, made it very clear that it is not where you worship but how you worship that matters most. You need to worship in spirit and in truth. But what is truth? Sadly, the church, after 3rd century, has become blind to the true meaning of the scripture referred to here – John 4:24. In fact, today the church is blind to most of the truth plainly stated in the scriptures – the Bible – and is exactly in the state of the Laodicea church of Revelation 3, which represents the end time church – wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked, but knoweth not its status (Rev.3:17).
So what is truth? Truth is the Word of God – the Bible (John 17:17). Has God said anything in His Word about how He should be or how He should not be worshipped? Yes, He did and we only need eyes to see this truth. Our worship to God will be accepted if only it is according to His Word – His truth – and not as we wish. Then only we will be called true worshippers. Otherwise, we will be termed as false worshippers!