Who & How?
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John 4:22 “You worship guessing in the dark; we Jews worship in the clear light of day. God’s way of salvation is made available through the Jews. But the time is coming—it has, in fact, come—when what you’re called will not matter and where you go to worship will not matter.” (MSG)
Jesus was saying to the Samaritan woman [and to us by extension] that one of the barriers she and the Samaritan’s were having in worshipping was they do not know Who they are worshipping. You cannot be a true worshipper if you do not know Who you are worshipping. In other words, you cannot be a true worshipper if you do not have a relationship, a working relationship with Who you are worshipping. We have to know the Person we are worshipping. It is not enough to worship; you must know Who you worship and how to worship. It is totally indispensable. In the next few days, by the grace of God, we are going to learn how, and God will reveal Who to us even as we learn how. The best example of a true worshipper in the Bible is David. David is a classic example of a true worshipper.
In 2 Samuel 6 [please read], David now king in Israel, wanted to bring the Ark of God back to the city of David, to Jerusalem. In a bid to do that, David chose the elite soldiers of Israel, the finest warriors, and best horses and carriages, just like the philistines would carry and transport the Ark of God. David put the Ark of God on the cart and the horses were moving, the cart shook and Uzzah stretched out his hand to steady it and God killed him. David was offended and he ordered that the Ark of God be taken to the house of Obed-Edom. Do not miss this; this Ark just killed someone, and the king says they should put it in your house, does the king love you or hate you? Yet Obed-Edom was obedient, and he took the Ark into his home. 2 Sam.6:11 “The Ark of the Lord remained there in Obed-Edom’s house for three months, and the Lord blessed Obed-Edom and his entire household.” God turned around Obed-Edom’s fortune so much so that David went to his house to take the Ark back.
David realised that the issue was not with God. Most times when we struggle in our relationship with God and we stumble, we get upset. Why did God allow this and that to happen? Why did God allow it? The issue is usually not with God; if we step back and allow God, He will show us where the problem is. So, David stepped back and saw that the problem was in the transportation of the Ark of God, not in the Ark itself. David went back to how God said the Ark of Covenant was to be carried. Not by the finest warriors but by the priests, the people that have been called and consecrated for the work. 1 Sam.2:9 “…for by strength shall no man prevail.” (KJV). Therefore, because David carried the Ark of God into Jerusalem the proper way, we can see what true worship really is. True worship happens when seven things happen. What are the seven things? We are going to learn from David beginning tomorrow. Are you ready?
Prayer [song]: Show me Your ways, that I may walk with You. Show me Your ways, I put my hope in You. The cry of my heart is to love You more, to live with the touch of Your hand. Stronger each day, show me Your ways. Amen!