During this week, in our Daily Devotions, we are going to be looking at what it means to worship and build a foundational understanding of the Biblical definition of worship. Before we do that I would like to recap on Pastor Michael Jarvis’ Sermon during our month of inspiration when he challenged Sawyers Church to be a Spirit Filled Church. He said that in the days that we live and as Jesus’ return approaches our towns and cities need Spirit Filled Churches.
God’s Word says that the Holy Spirit is “the Spirit of Jesus” (Acts 16:7) and “the Spirit of our God” (I Corinthians 6:11). He was involved in the creation of the world (Genesis 1:2). He brought us the Bible (2 Peter 1:21). The Holy Spirit caused the Virgin Mary to conceive (Luke 1:35). He guides us into truth (John 16:13), convicts us of sin (John 16:8), performs miracles (Acts 8:39), and intercedes with God for us (Romans 8:26). He assures us that we belong to God as he “speaks to us deep in our hearts” (Romans 8:16 NLT). We are baptised in the Holy Spirit, we experience the Fruit of the Spirit as we become more like Jesus and we are given the Gifts of the Holy Spirit to build the church and reach the world. The Holy Spirit is a living gift to all believers and is the divine source of spiritual power and ministry. Excellent music cannot substitute for the Spirit’s power in worship. Eloquent speaking cannot replace the power of the Spirit in a person’s heart.
Authentic Christian worship happens at a spiritual level. Worship happens when the Holy Spirit in us rises to magnify the Almighty, giving the Father the honor he deserves and lifting up his Son, Jesus. Worship leaders may spend hours planning a service – seeking the Spirit’s guidance all along the way – but when the time comes to enter into worship, leaders and congregation alike must allow the Spirit to control the service. The Word says, “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD” (Zechariah 4:6).
A “Spirit Filled Church” will be full of heartfelt and spirit led worship to God where Jesus Christ our Saviour is uplifted.
Tomorrow we will look at Psalm 50 to see what God determines as worship.