Worship Him in Spirit and Truth
Your Body is His Temple
"For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, ‘I will dwell in them and walk among them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people." (2 Cor 6:16)
"But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers shall 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 4:23-24)
Ps 34:1-4 “I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make its boast in the LORD; the humble shall hear it and rejoice. O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together. I sought the Lord and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears.”
Whether you are a pastor of a church or praise leader, or simply entering into the worship experience in your home and prayer closet, this message of worship is so beautiful to the saints.
The Word says God’s temple is in us. We are the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 6:19-20). Oh, the thanksgiving, praise and worship that we have the right and purpose to accomplish! Before we get into the set-up of the Jewish temple and its relationship to the process of thanksgiving, praise and worship, we need to see WHY this is so important!
Praise is the VICTORY!
SING: "The victory is ours, the battle is the LORD's, so lift up the banner of PRAISE!"
Let's first look at Ex 17:10-13 (the lifting of hands wins the battle!)
10 "And Joshua did as Moses told him, and fought against Amalek; and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill.
11 "So it came about when Moses held his hand up, that Israel prevailed, and when he let his hand down, Amalek prevailed.
12 "But Moses' hands were heavy. Then they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it; and Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side and one on the other. Thus his hands were steady until the sun set.
13 "So Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword."
Let’s now look at 2 Chr 20:17-25 (so good, I had to type it all)
17 “ ‘You need not fight in this battle; station yourselves, stand and see the salvation of the LORD on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out to face them, for the LORD is with you.”
18 “And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell down before the LORD, worshiping the LORD.
19 “And the Levites, from the sons of the Kohathites and of the sons of the Korahites, stood up to praise the LORD God of Israel, with a very loud voice.
20 “And they rose early in the morning and went out to the wilderness to Tekoa; and when they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, ‘Listen to me, O Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, put your trust in the LORD your God, and you will be established. Put your trust in His prophets and succeed.’
21 “And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who sang to the LORD and those who praised Him in holy attire, as they went out before the army and said, ‘Give thanks to the LORD, for His lovingkindness is everlasting.”
22 And when they began singing and praising, the LORD set ambushes against the sons of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; so they were routed.
23 For the sons of Ammon and Moab rose up against the inhabitants with the inhabitants of Seir, they helped to destroy one another.
24 When Judah came to the lookout of the wilderness, they looked toward the multitude; and behold, they were corpses lying on the ground, and no one had escaped.
25 And when Jehoshaphat and his people came to take their spoil, they found much among them, including goods, garments, and valuable things which they took for themselves, more than they could carry. And they were three days taking the spoil because there was so much.
The Temple Design: Process of Worship
Ps 100:4 “Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His name.”
To understand how we progress into the worship of the Lord in the Holy of Holies (God’s very presence) let’s first look at the set-up of the Jewish temple. It consisted of a wall with gates, the outer courtyard, the inner courtyard where the altar of sacrifice stood, and finally the Holy of Holies where the very presence of God dwelt.
We are told to enter His gates with thanksgiving. Let’s look at what that word thanksgiving means: 8426: an extension of the hand, avowal, adoration, choir of worshippers:-confession, praise, thanksgiving, thanks offering. Ps 134:2; Heb 13:15
Once in the gates, we are in the courts defined as 2691: a yard (as enclosed by a fence), a hamlet (surrounded with walls). Praise God, we are now surrounded by walls, a fortress of protection! God is our fortress as shown in the following scriptures:
Ps 18:2-3 “The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.”
Ps 31:3 “For Thou art my rock and my fortress; for Thy name’s sake Thou wilt lead me and guide me.”
To come into His courts, we must PRAISE defined as 8416: laudation, a hymn of praise. Let’s look at some forms of praise shown in the Bible:
Singing praise songs (Ps 9:11)
Being loud (Ps 33:3, 95:1-6)
Clapping hands and shouting (Ps 47:1)
Making a joyful noise (Ps 98:4)
Musical instruments and dancing (Ps 150:4)
Psalms, hymns and spiritual songs (Eph 5:19-20)
Now, in the inner court was the altar of sacrifice. Heb 9:7 states “but into the second (holy of holies) only the high priest enters, once a year, not without taking blood, which he offers for himself and for the sins of the people committed in ignorance.”
Who is our sacrifice? Yes, Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God who shed His perfect and precious blood on the cross for all our sins. Those who believe in Him are called holy to the Lord. He has made us priests! Rev 1:5-6 “To Him who loves us, and released us from our sins by His blood, and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father; to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.”
Likewise, as we have been forgiven of our sins, God tells us what we must do before coming to His altar.
Mat 5:23-24 “If therefore you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar, and go your way; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering.”
What is our sacrifice to Him?
Rom 12:1 “I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.” Jesus did this for us!
Bring a sacrifice of Praise!
Heb 13:15 “Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name.”
THE HOLY OF HOLIES
The holy of holies was separated from the rest of the temple by a veil or curtain, and only the high priest could enter it. What happened to that veil when Jesus died for our sins? Mat 27:50-51 states “And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. And behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom…” NOW, we who are saved are indeed priests (Rev 1:5-6) and we are called into His holy place to worship Him.
So, to finally enter into the Holy of Holies of our Lord, our God, our Savior, we are to be thankful to Him and bless His name. Thankful here is defined as 3034: to hold out the hand, to revere or worship with extended hands. To bless the Lord is defined as 1288: To kneel, to bless God (adoration), congratulate, praise, to salute, be still.
The Lord tells us to “Be still and know that I am God” (Ps 46:10). While in this place, it is time to listen and receive of His glory. Receive His love, His healing, and His direction. Hallelujah!