How to Worship God in Spirit and Truth

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Worshipping God in spirit and truth means to worship Him with both heart and head and comes from both knowing God and loving Him. But how?

Last week we settled on the following definition for worship…

Worship is an offering of your entire life. Your everyday, ordinary, sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life.

It’s as much attitude as action!

Do you ever get confused by the Jesus’ words about worshipping in spirit and truth?

“But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship Him that way. For God is Spirit, so those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth. John 4:23–24

Me too! So I did some digging…

Worshipping God in spirit and truth means to worship Him with both heart and head and comes from both knowing God and loving Him.

But how? What can you and I do to both know and love God? What does worshipping Him in spirit and truth look like?

 How to Worship God in Spirit and Truth

Worship begins with recognizing God for who He is . . . not who we think He is but who He says He is. That’s worshipping Him in truth.

And by God’s grace, we have the presence of His Spirit to teach and remind us of His truth.

Jesus said, And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive Him because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know Him because he lives with you now and later will be in you. John 14:16–17

Only with His Spirit living within us and helping us are we able to worship God as He wants. 

Worshipping God in spirit and truth means to worship Him with both heart and head and comes from both knowing God and loving Him. But how?

4 Ways to Worship God in Spirit and Truth

Worshipping God in spirit and truth means worshipping Him the way we love Him . . . with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength.

1. To worship God with all your heart = adoring Him with your emotions.

I will be filled with joy because of You. I will sing praises to Your name, O Most High. Psalm 9:2

Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things. 1 Chronicles 29:11

“When you focus on how wonderful God is and all the great things He’s done… is doing… and even will do in your life, your natural response will be praise, adoration, and awe. Don’t let yourself ever get used to it… stay amazed!” ~Joyce Meyer

2. To worship God with your soul – is like breathing, it is all-encompassing and only made possible by God’s Spirit living with us. 

Then the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person. Genesis 2:7

And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. Romans 8:26

And because we are His children, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” Galatians 4:6

“Your soul will never find rest unless it finds its home. We find it in the simple daily discipline of asking ourselves, “Is God here in this moment?” If he is not, he can be.” ~John Ortberg

3. To worship God with your mind = using knowledge and truth from God’s Word to honor and adore Him.

Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31–32

When we tell you these things, we do not use words that come from human wisdom. Instead, we speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths. 1 Corinthians 2:13

“The purpose of the Bible? Salvation. God’s highest passion is to get His children home. His book, the Bible, describes His plan of salvation. The purpose of the Bible is to proclaim God’s plan and passion to save His children.” ~Max Lucado

4. To worship God with your strength = intentional all-in acts of adoration.

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Galatians 5:22–23

Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. Galatians 5:25

“To love the Lord with all our strength means to love Him “exceedingly” “richly”, “lavishly”, with reckless abandon out of simple devotion.” ~Greg Simas

Worshipping God in spirit and truth means to worship Him with both heart and head and comes from both knowing God and loving Him. But how?

Worship in spirit and truth says – with all my heart for all my life all I need is you, Lord. It is intimate and personal. 

So like love, worship is more than a feeling or emotion.

Worship does.

And I can’t do it on my own. With all life’s temptations and distractions, with all the busyness and my own self-absorption, I will never worship God the way He wants or even the way I want.

But God…

Yes, there they are again . . . those two words that change everything.

But God through His grace has given you and me His Spirit. The One living within us who alone makes spirit and truth worship possible.

So I will…

♥ Ask – to be filled with the presence of His Spirit that I might know and love Him with all my heart, mind, soul, and strength.

♥ Seek – to know His truth through the study of His Word.

♥ Do – follow His will as He reveals it to me.

Why? Because God’s love overwhelms me.

You and I have been bought at an exorbitant price. The very lifeblood of God’s own Son, Jesus. The God of the universe loves us so much He gave His life for us. And friends that inspires a life of worship.

“Worship of the living and true God is essentially an engagement with Him on the terms that He proposes and in the way that He alone makes possible.” -David Peterson

Worshipping God in spirit and truth means to worship Him with both heart and head and comes from both knowing God and loving Him. But how? Galatians 5:25

Will you pray with me?

Father, I need You. Forgive me. I am selfish and self-absorbed. I want to worship You as You desire but I make everything about me. I give in to the temptations of busyness and distraction. I chase whims and desires. Help me, Father. I want to love you with all my heart, mind, soul, and strength. I want to worship and glorify You with all my life. By Your grace, change my heart. Fill me with Your Spirit. Teach me Your truth. And help me live each day completely surrendered to Your love. In Jesus name, Amen.  

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13 thoughts on “How to Worship God in Spirit and Truth

  1. Hi Deb,
    I am just new to your writing and really enjoy it. I love reading testimonies of how God has delivered from anxiety and fear (as He did with me from severe panic attacks 20 years ago). When I tried to click the ‘Read More’ button to tell me more about your story of how the Lord lovingly rescued you when your world fell apart, it said ‘Sorry Page could not be found.’ Hoping you can fix that link. Yours in Christ, Jeannie

      1. Hi Lyn,
        This is a long story and I hope you find it helpful. When I first began having these panic attacks which seemed out of no-where, a lady from our church with a prayer ministry came and prayed for me. She said, Close your eyes while I pray and tell me what you see. I replied that I never have visions, that God speaks to me through His Word, however I complied. Suddenly, I was back to when I was 11, a witness to the death of my younger sister. We were in a paddock in western Queensland (in Australia). In the distance I could see a motor bike headlight in the darkness, my father holding up a motorbike with my sister’s body slung across the front. No mobile phones in those days – I sat in the car with my father, my dead sister, my other sister and the property owner for 2 hours as we drove to the nearest town. This was what the Lord brought vividly to my mind, something I had not even consciously thought of since that time. However, even though I had an underlying reason for the panic attacks – sitting in a car of death and blood at such a young age – this did not solve the issue. The panic attacks were disabling – often when I tried to eat I would vomit. However at that time I attended two speakers who gave me the weapons to fight. Margaret Court said (Proverbs 4.20-22) to take the word of my need like medicine constantly – she said to meditate on the word like a cow chewing the cud. Like 2 Tim 1:7 in the amplified version is very powerful. Or Ps34.4 or Ps30:2. She said – work the scripture of your need into your life. Cannon Jim Glennon led a powerful healing ministry at the Sydney Cathedral and he spoke at my local Anglican church. He wrote a book called Your healing is within you. He said – Accept the promise of God, affirm that promise is yours, go on affirming that promise is yours – faith increasingly gives way to sight. So this took some months – it was not overnight. But over 20 years later I can testify that – O lord I cried out to You and You healed me. What an awesome God!!

    1. Thanks for the heads up on my link Jeannie! It’s good to go again! Thank you so much for your kind encouragement about my little corner of the blogging world. You blessed my day big time! Sending blessings and big hugs your way!!

  2. Hi Deb, YOu had me with your first sentence – that worship is worshiping God with my whole life – everything. I love that. It keeps repeating in my head. God’s love does indeed overwhelm me. Bless you.

  3. Deb,
    Thank you for this post. Worshiping in spirit and in truth is something I know I’m to do. However, I’ve been unclear on what it means. Now to just do it! I prayed along with you in your concluding prayer.

    Blessings!

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