“… an hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father … an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:21, 23-24)
Our heavenly Abba Father is seeking true worshippers. And what is worship? Is it singing at the Sunday service? What if there are no services on Sunday or any day?
As pilgrims and sojourners in this world, true worshippers of the one true God have throughout history been scattered, exiled, imprisoned and martyred for their faith, forced underground and from necessity gathered to meet wherever they could to worship God: to pray, sing hymns of praise, share testimonies, offer sacrifices, hear the Word, celebrate communion, receive the benediction. “Where” they met was not so important as “Who” they met – the living Creator God, King of the universe, Lord, Saviour, Redeemer, Comforter, Friend.
This God never changes, the same yesterday, today, and forever. Do we believe this? Amid uncertainties with no clear end in sight, we have no other recourse than to trust Him, to cry out to Him in desperation.
True worship transcends our singing. True worship is offering our whole being, body, soul, spirit, as living sacrifices of praise, to the One with all authority in heaven and earth.