What is it to worship? Can we say there is something called “false worship”? Jesus makes an announcement that with him comes something very new and very present: true worshipers will worship God in spirit and truth. What does this mean? Among whatever else, is elevates the proclamation of Jesus’ very present work as the mediator and advocate between us and God. If we worship from our flesh and amidst falsehood, it is not worship at all. What is it to worship? To profess and proclaim Christ. All that we do in our services of worship free us to worship God freely all the time – that our hearts would surely there be fixed to the promise of his gracious love and forgiveness of sins. All else falls away.
But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth. (John 4:23-24)
O Almighty God, who alone canst order the unruly wills and affections of sinful men: Grant unto thy people, that they may love the thing which thou commandest, and desire that which thou dost promise; that so, among the sundry and manifold changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed, where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.