Worshipping God in Spirit and in Truth (Part 2)
Worshipping God must be done in spirit and in truth. The two go hand in hand. Truth means honesty, without any sin, with a pure heart. Thus, we must confess our sins to God and ask for His forgiveness. The truth is that God wants us to be close to Him so He is ever ready to forgive us of our sins when we confess them. 1 John 1:8-10 speaks about forgiveness and states that:
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. if we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.
David talks about the joy that comes with forgiveness of sin. In Psalm 32: 1-2, he states:
Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
David then goes ahead and talks about what he did when he sinned against God in Psalm 32:5. He states:
I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin.
Because God wants us to worship Him in spirit and in truth, He is expecting us to confess our sins and ask for forgiveness. As 1 John 1:8 says, if we say we have not sinned then the truth is not in us and if the truth is not in us, how can we worship God in truth? God is willing to forgive us and cleanse us of all iniquity of sin and unrighteousness but only if we confess our sins. If the Lord does not impute iniquity or hold you guilty anymore, and your spirit has no deceit then the way is cleared for the worship of God.
While I am on forgiveness, let me just touch on this issue: we need to forgive those who offend us just as Christ forgives us. If we forgive those who offend us, Christ also forgives them. Forgiveness is a critical tool in worshipping God because it prepares us to be in truth and takes away any advantage that Satan may have against us. 2 Corinthians 2:10-11 states that:
Now whom you forgive anything, I also forgive. For indeed I have forgiven anything, I have forgiven that one for your sakes in the presence of Christ, lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.
God is looking for true worshippers to worship Him. Worshippers who will worship God in spirit and truth and not flesh and lies and deceit. Let us aim to be true worshippers so that God can find us. Let is prepare our hearts when we come to worship to that we can truly worship God. Let us ask the Holy Spirit to lead our spirit into worship and let us ask God for forgiveness so that we can be pure in heart.