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In Spirit and Truth
It is in our worship that we can show God our love and faithfulness to him. It is the outward expression of raising our arms, lifting our hands, or bowing our heads that shows our true emotions when we are praising God. We worship God to remember how much we need him. Whether we are worshipping in song, dance, prayer, our tides, and offerings, or anything else, we are thanking him in gratitude for what he has done for us by dying on the cross and paying the ultimate price for our salvation that historic night. In the Bible, Psalms 95:1 says “Oh come let us sing to the lord! Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation.” It doesn’t matter who is watching. If you feel like shouting for joy at the wonders of God’s work, go ahead.
When we worship God, an expression we use sometimes is, “we reach outwards with our arms.” This sort of looks like a small child reaching up to be held. So when we lift our hands, it symbolizes us coming to the father as a child would go to theirs. God is the father that we put our faith, trust, and loyalties. We come to him for everything. By doing this, we are admitting that we need him in our lives. We can’t do this without him.
Some people only worship or even acknowledge God when they want something or are in a tough spot. The word calls us to worship in spirit and truth for everything and anything. Not just when we think doing it would help us to gain something. In John 4:23, Jesus says “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth.”