WHAT ARE YOU OFFERING?
By Norman Watson

Today’s Bible Teaching and the song is about “Worship” and “Prayer” in Psalm 141:2, we read, “Let my prayer be set before You as incense, The lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.” and in John 4:23 it says “But an hour is coming, and is now here when the true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and in truth. Yes, the Father wants such people to worship him.” Worship and Prayer is an offering of incense to God; the question we must ask then is what we are offering to God a pleasing and acceptable smell to Him?

If our worship is not done in sincerity and from a pure heart, then it is what Isaiah 65:5 says “who say, “Keep to yourself, do not come near me, for I am too holy for you.” These are a smoke in my nostrils, a fire that burns all the day.” Insincerity and not having a pure heart is sin and is an irritation to God because it is a stink in His nostrils, and it offends Him. God wants an incense that is offered in Spirit and in truth.  If you have unconfessed sin, then the songs and prayers that you are saying are just words and mean nothing to God and are a stink to him, so much so that Revelation 3:16 says, “So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will

vomit you out of My mouth.” So again, I ask you, how is your offering smell to God? does it stink from sin, or is it a sweet and pleasing aroma as 2 Corinthians 2:15 says? “Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those who are being saved and by those who are perishing.” and Ephesians 5:1-2 “Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.”

We need to sincerely pray Psalm 139:23-24 daily “Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!”

LET US BE TRUE WORSHIPERS AND WORSHIP THE FATHER IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH!

 

Give Us Clean Hands (By Chris Tomlin)

 

We bow our hearts
We bend our knees
Oh Spirit come make us humble
We turn our eyes
From evil things
Oh Lord we cast down our idols

So give us clean hands
And give us pure hearts
Let us not lift our souls to another
Oh give us clean hands
And give us pure hearts
Let us not lift our souls to another
Oh God let this be
A generation that seeks
Who seeks Your face, Oh God of Jacob
Oh God let us be
A generation that seeks
Who seeks Your face, Oh God of Jacob

We bow our hearts
We bend our knees
Oh Spirit come make us humble
We turn our eyes
From evil things
Oh Lord we cast down our idols

So give us clean hands
And give us pure hearts
Let us not lift our souls to another
Give us clean hands–Oh God
And give us pure hearts
Let us not lift our souls to another
Oh God let us be
A generation that seeks
Who seeks Your face, Oh God of Jacob
Oh God let us be
A generation that seeks
Who seeks Your face, Oh God of Jacob

Oh God of Jacob

(Give us clean hands)

So give us clean hands
And give us pure hearts
Let us not lift our souls to another
Give us clean hands–Oh God
And give us pure hearts
Let us not lift our souls to another
Oh God let us be
A generation that seeks
Who seeks Your face, Oh God of Jacob
Oh God let us be
A generation that seeks
Who seeks Your face, Oh God of Jacob

Oh God of Jacob
Oh God of Jacob

Give us clean hands
And give us pure hearts
Let us not lift our souls to another
Give us clean hands–Oh God
And give us pure hearts
Let us not lift our souls to another
Oh God let us be
A generation that seeks
Who seeks Your face, Oh God of Jacob
Oh God let us be
A generation that seeks
Who seeks Your face, Oh God of Jacob

Oh God of Jacob

 

Air Kiss
(Taken from CHAIM BENTORAH – Hebrew Word Study)

But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in Spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him.  (John 4:23 KJV)

A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.    —Ingrid Bergman

As I have traveled around visiting various churches, I have found that many of the worship leaders were apparently hired or given the position to lead worship solely due to their musical ability. Many worship leaders tend to lack a biblical perspective on the nature of worship. I remember one worship leader who felt sorry for a worship leader in another church who could not find a good drummer. He truly felt that without a drummer, their worship would suffer. (I wanted to ask if he felt such empathy for King David, who did not have the benefit of electric guitars and keyboards.) My point is that it seems even our leaders spend little time trying to understand

what true worship really is. Most tend to go with what seems to work or what others are doing. But who am I to criticize? I find myself disappointed in a worship service if they don’t play music to my liking.
What Is True Worship?

How can we identify true worship? I think of the woman at the well, who was from Samaria and was under the impression that worship could take place only in a certain geographical location. Her worship leaders said Samaritans could worship on a specific mountain, but the Jews said worship should take place in Jerusalem. Even in those days, people differed on the correct way to worship. But Jesus revealed to this woman what true worship is. (See John 4:5–26.) He told her that worship is not a geographical location, but rather a matter of the heart, and that true worshippers “worship the Father in spirit and in truth.”

The Greek word translated “worship” in John 4:23 intrigues me. The word is proskyneo, which is a compound word, combining pros, denoting “throw” or “toward,” with kyneo, meaning “kiss.” Thus, to worship is to essentially throw a kiss to God.

It is helpful to look at some cultural background regarding this Greek word. In the Aramaic, the word is segad, which comes from a term borrowed from Middle Egyptian. When the Egyptians worshipped their gods, they would breathe onto the idol through their nostrils, and that was considered an “air kiss.” So, air passing through the nostrils became known as segad, or an air kiss. Later, in the Greek, it was known as a proskyneo, which, being interpreted, means “to worship.”
Purified Motives

In Genesis 2:7, when God created the first human being, He breathed into Adam’s nostrils the nashem, or breath, of life. Yet, when we worship God “in spirit and in truth,” we are not worshipping God with our nashem, or natural breath, but with rucha, which is the Hebrew word used for the Ruch Kodesh, or the Holy Spirit. Without the Holy Spirit, we cannot worship the Lord. If we allow the Spirit to take control of our lives, He will draw from us our love for God.

In Mark 9:39, Jesus said something interesting about an individual who was not one of His disciples but was casting out demons in His name: “Do not hinder him, for there is no one who will perform a miracle in My name, and be able soon afterward to speak evil of Me”

(NASB). Jesus indicated that if you are working and performing miracles in His name, such service will purify your motives.

I sort of censured worship leaders at the beginning of this study, so let me qualify my statements with the following: There may be some worship leaders who are frustrated rock star wannabes or who merely desire to show off their talents. There may also be worshippers who seek to impress others with their holiness by loud expressions of praise or performing physical contortions. If they are expressing the name of Jesus, then perhaps, rather than hinder them, we need to let the Holy Spirit purify their motives. For it is only by the Holy Spirit that any of us can worship God in truth.

In Aramaic, the word for “truth” is sharara, which means “to be tightly bound together.” It is like strands of fabric tightly bound with each other to form a rope. Sharar is the word used to express that tight bonding, a bonding that nothing can break. When we segad, or worship God, giving Him an air kiss and sharing the life of His Spirit with Him, we create a bond with the Lord that can never be broken.

Therefore, worship is segad sharara, that is, allowing the Holy Spirit to bind us tightly with God. The more tightly we are bonded with God, the more we will know His mind; and the more we know the mind of God, the purer our motives will become.