Enthroned in Splendor yet I can know Him

As we study and meditate on what God has revealed about Himself in HIs Word, my prayer is that any incorrect concept of Him will be washed away by the water of His Word

This devotional is part of the series “Portraits of His Majesty.” It is inspired by the song  “Enthroned in Splendor”:

You are God, Evermore

Enthroned in splendor

The dominion is Yours

You are God, Evermore

From now on I’ll worship

Submit to your Lordship

Evermore

 

You are God,  Evermore

It’s such an honour to know You

And be called by Your name

You are God, Evermore

From now on I’ll serve You

Advancing your Kingdom

Evermore 

Bridge

You are the King of Kings

Master of Everything

That’s why I praise You

That’s why I praise You

You’re a consuming fire

Revealing our hearts desire

That’s why we must fear You

That’s why we must fear You

 

You are God, Evermore

Enthroned in splendor

The dominion is yours

You are God, Evermore

From now on I’ll worship

Submit to your Lordship

Evermore

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Reading: John 4:16-24; 1 Corinthians 2:14; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 1:1-3

In response to a question about worship, Jesus said that the right kind of worship is worship in spirt and truth. (John 4:24).  He also revealed that the Father is looking for those who worship Him in this way:

19 “Sir,” the woman said, “you must be a prophet. 20 So tell me, why is it that you Jews insist that Jerusalem is the only place of worship, while we Samaritans claim it is here at Mount Gerizim, where our ancestors worshiped?” 21 Jesus replied, “Believe me, dear woman, the time is coming when it will no longer matter whether you worship the Father on this mountain or in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans know very little about the one you worship, while we Jews know all about Him, for salvation comes through the Jews.23  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. 24 For God is Spirit, so those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth.”25 The woman said, “I know the Messiah is coming—the one who is called Christ. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”26 Then Jesus told her, I am the Messiah!” (John 4:16-24, NLT)

Worship In spirit

God has revealed to us that our spirit is distinct from our bodies and our souls (1 Thessalonians 5:23). I have heard it said that our soul is made up of our mind, emotions and will. So worship in the spirit means worship with my spirit first and foremost. My spirit leads the way, and my body and soul must follow. I start by submitting my will to His Lordship. As I do this, He gives me strength not to let my body, feelings or thoughts interfere with my worship. Sometimes, I may feel too tired to worship. Or my emotions may get in the way – anxiety and fear are examples of the emotions I sometimes grapple with! Then there is the fact that my mind cannot fully grasp who He is, and to cap it all – it is prone to distractions, doubts and misconceptions.  My spirit, however, has been equipped by God with the capacity to discern truth about Him (1 Corinthians 2:14). Further, a God enthroned in splendor cannot be confined to a specific place. He is omnipresent. Therefore, I can worship Him anywhere and everywhere. Personally one of my favourite places to worship is in the car – I love singing to Him or talking to Him as I drive to and from work every day!

Worship in truth

I understand this to mean that our worship must be in line with the truth of who God is. And this truth is found in what He has revealed about Himself, starting with what He has revealed about Himself through the Messiah – His Son, Jesus Christ.

“Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets.And now in these final days, He has spoken to us through His Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son He created the universe. The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and He sustains everything by the mighty power of His command. When He had cleansed us from our sins, He sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven.” (Hebrews 1:1-3, NLT).

This means we need to spend time in the four gospels discovering more about God, by learning more and more about Jesus.

As I continue to reflect on John 4:24, the word “must” also stands out.  It reminds me that I need to be intentional if I am to overcome obstacles emanating from my will, my mind, my body and emotions. Sometimes I won’t understand certain things about God and in particular, the things that He allows to happen.  I must still hold Him in high regard. I must not entertain thoughts about God that are not worthy of Him.

He is forever enthroned in splendor. And His eternal splendor means that my fitting response is reverence, awe and Kingdom-advancing service, evermore.

As we study and meditate on what God has revealed about Himself in HIs Word, my prayer is that any incorrect concept of Him will be washed away by the water of His Word (John 17:17; Ephesians 5:26).

Prayer: Father you seek worshippers who worship you in spirit and in truth. Help me be such a worshipper.

 

 

 

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