Tuesday, 22 June 2021
Title: Biblical Worship
By: Cecilia Tan 陈俊芳

John 4:23-24 “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.”

Biblical worship is the act of giving God the adoration, reverence and homage that is due to Him. We are to worship the God of the Bible, the one true God who declares in Isaiah 45:5 “I am the Lord, and there is no other” as well as in Exodus 3:6 “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.”

Why do we worship God? Firstly, it is God’s command. God has made us for fellowship with Him and with others. We are wired for worship and if we do not worship Him we would be worshiping something else. Since the highest good can only come out of our worshiping Him, He has commanded us to do it. When our Lord Jesus was tempted by Satan to worship him, Jesus rebuked him, saying “Be gone, Satan! For it is written: ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and Him only shall you serve.’” (Matthew 4:10)

Secondly, God is worthy of the highest honour and praise as stated in Revelation 4:11 “You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honour and power.”

Thirdly, worship is good for us as mentioned in 2 Corinthians 3:18
“And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”

When should we worship God? Any time is a good time as declared by the psalmist in Psalm 34:1 “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”

Where should we worship God? God is spirit. The entire universe belongs to Him and He is present everywhere. Hence we can worship Him anywhere as He is not limited to one location. We can now appear before His throne of grace at any time or place because of the finished work of Christ on the cross.

How should we worship God? We are to worship in spirit and in truth as taught by Jesus in John 4:24 “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” Worship in spirit means not just worshiping God in outward motions, but worshiping Him from the heart by submitting one’s inner self to God. Worship in truth means worshiping the true God – the God revealed in the Bible through Jesus Christ.

We are also to worship God in our lifestyle as instructed by Apostle Paul in Romans 12:1-2 “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

As true worshipers our over-riding desire should be to live a lifestyle of willing obedience to God’s commands. We use our bodies to serve and obey God. We use our minds to study God’s Word and be renewed and transformed to live a life pleasing to God.

Hence true worship is a much deeper concept than mere corporate singing and praise on Sundays. True worship is a matter of the heart expressed through a lifestyle of holiness, wholehearted commitment to God, thankfulness, good stewardship and sacrificial service. As true worshipers we desire to give God all that we are, loving and glorifying Him with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength.

Where are we in the worship spectrum? Are we reluctant worshipers or dutiful worshipers or wholehearted worshipers?

( Adapted from the sermon “Biblical Worship” by Dr Tony Foo delivered in PBC on 6 June 2021.)

Prayer:
Our Heavenly Father, forgive us for using our Sunday worship service as the only time of the week that we worship You. Your Son, our Lord Jesus has taught us that true worship is not merely an external activity but an intimate and vital encounter with You, the only true and living God. Help us to be true worshipers, worshiping you in spirit and in truth, throughout the whole week, that our lives may reflect the glory of Your Son, our Lord Jesus, in whose name we pray. Amen.

每日灵粮
星期二,2021年6月22日
标题:合乎圣经的敬拜
作者:陈俊芳姐妹
翻译:陈晓佩姐妹

约翰福音4:23-24“但时候将到,现在就是了,真诚敬拜的人要以灵以真理敬拜父,因为父正寻找这样敬拜祂的人。神是灵,敬拜的人必须以灵以真理敬拜。”(新汉语译本)

合乎圣经的敬拜是献给上帝所应得的崇敬、尊崇和效忠的举动。我们要敬拜圣经中的上帝,祂是在以赛亚书45:5宣称 “我是耶和华,在我以外并没有别神。” 的唯一真正的上帝, 以及出埃及记3:6所说的 “我是你父亲的神,是亚伯拉罕的神,以撒的神,雅各的神。”

我们为什么要敬拜上帝?首先,这是上帝的命令。上帝创造我们是为了让我们与祂和他人相交。我们受造为要敬拜,如果我们不敬拜祂,我们就会敬拜别的东西。因为最高的善只能来自我们对祂的崇拜,所以祂命令我们这么做。当我们的主耶稣被撒旦试探去敬拜他时,耶稣训斥他说:“撒但退去吧!因为经上记着说:‘当拜主你的神,单要事奉祂。’”(马太福音4:10)

其次,上帝配得最高的尊贵和赞美,正如启示录4:11 所记 “我们的主,我们的神,祢是配得荣耀、尊贵、权柄的。”

第三,敬拜对我们有好处,如哥林多后书3:18所述:“我们众人既然敞着脸得以看见主的荣光,好像从镜子里返照,就变成主的形状,荣上加荣,如同从主的灵变成的。”

我们应该什么时候敬拜上帝?任何时刻都是恰当的时间,如诗人在诗篇34:1宣称:“我要时时称颂耶和华;赞美祂的话必常在我口中。”

我们应该在哪里敬拜上帝?上帝是灵。整个宇宙都属于祂,祂无处不在;所以我们可以在任何地方敬拜祂,因为祂并不被局限于一个地方。我们现在可以随时随地到祂施恩宝座前,因为基督已经完成了在十字架上的工作。

我们应该如何敬拜上帝?我们要按照耶稣在约翰福音4:24 “神是灵,敬拜的人必须以灵以真理敬拜” 的教导以灵以真理敬拜上帝。以灵来敬拜不只是以外在的行动来敬拜上帝,而是通过将内在的自我交给上帝,从内心敬拜上帝。以真理来敬拜上帝的意思是敬拜真正的上帝,藉着耶稣基督在圣经所启示的上帝。

我们也要在我们的生活方式敬拜祂,按照使徒保罗在罗马书12:1-2所教导 “所以,弟兄们,我以神的慈悲劝你们,将身体献上,当作活祭,是圣洁的,是神所喜悦的;你们如此事奉乃是理所当然的。不要效法这个世界,只要心意更新而变化,叫你们察验何为神的善良、纯全、可喜悦的旨意。”

作为真正的敬拜者,我们首要的渴望应该是过一个愿意顺服上帝的命令的生活。我们用我们的身体事奉和服从上帝。我们用我们的思想来学习上帝的话语,并且被更新和转化,过一个讨上帝喜悦的生活。

因此,真正的敬拜是一个比仅仅在星期天的集体歌唱和赞美更深层次的概念。真正的敬拜是心灵的表达,通过圣洁的生活方式、全心对上帝的委身、感恩、良好的管家职责和牺牲的服事来表达。作为真正的敬拜者,我们渴望把我们的一切都献给上帝,尽心、尽性、尽意、尽力来爱祂并荣耀祂。

在敬拜的层次中,我们处于什么位置?我们是不情愿的敬拜者、例行公事的敬拜者还是全心全意的敬拜者?

(改编自Dr Tony Foo 于2021年6月6日在班底浸信会的讲道信息。)

祈祷:

我们天上的父,赦免我们只是在每周的主日崇拜时间里敬拜祢。祢的儿子,我们的主耶稣已经教导我们真正的敬拜不是单单外在的活动,而是与祢,唯独真而活的上帝,有着亲密并不可或缺的相遇。帮助我们成为真正的敬拜者,在整个星期里以灵以真理敬拜祢,让我们的生活体现出祢儿子我们的主耶稣的荣耀,我们是奉祂的名祷告的。阿们。