As we enter into this series about worship, I have been thinking a lot about the reasons I don’t always worship from a genuine place. I think part of it is due to some ideas that I bought into as a young Christian. For some reason, I had this idea in my head that if I was angry, doubting, frustrated, or otherwise, I was in sin. After all, none of those things are on the “fruit of the Spirit” list. This can be heartbreaking, because after years of packing it down and refusing to address it, one day someone would ask me “God’s good, amen?” And somewhere deep down I would think, “You know what? No. He’s not good.” That’s what happens when we don’t address the hard things that accompany life. And that is simply no way to worship.
If I am angry, heartbroken, or even doubtful, God’s desire is for me to be honest with Him. To bring it to Him. Now don’t get me wrong, this doesn’t make things better immediately, but at least it gives me a cornerstone of honesty to build on with the Lord. I think that’s what it means to worship “in Spirit and in truth.” God isn’t offended when we’re honest; He’s offended when we are not genuine with Him. From there, in that place of honesty, true worship can take place. We can look forward to the great things God has for us, because we have embraced the pain and hurt that accompanies life as well.
David wasn’t afraid to take his junk to God, and we shouldn’t be either. I want to challenge you this week to do just that. Take it to God, and then respond in worship.
God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.