John 4:23-24 – But an hour is coming and now is when the true worshippers will worship the Father in Spirit and in Truth; for the Father seeks such as those who worship Him. God is the Spirit; and those who worship Him, by necessity, worship Him in Spirit and Truth.
Although we could just consider truth as sincerity of the heart, it goes far beyond that. Certainly, sincerity of the heart is part of what God establishes in our life through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit – for God desires truth in the inward parts and in the hidden parts He will make us to know wisdom (Titus 3:4-7; Psalms 51:6). Yet, what far surpasses sincerity and purity of heart is the Word of God. Although Jesus is the Truth, the Way, and the Life, we know He established beyond all question the superiority of the Word of God, which is the word of truth (John 14:6, 17:17, 1:17, 6:63, 12:47-48; and Ephesians 1:13; Colossians 1:15; Malachi 2:6).
It has always been God’s desire that His people learn to live by the Word, so He taught Israel that, “man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” (Deuteronomy 8:3; Luke 4:4). He taught Joshua to not let the Word depart out of his mouth, but to meditate on it both day and night that he might observe to do it; for then he would make his way prosperous and have good success (Joshua 1:8). If we are going to worship God in the way He has desired, then we are going to do it as the Word of God describes. Our attitude before Him must be one of confidence and assurance according to his exceeding great and precious promises (2 Peter 1:4; Ephesians 3:12; Hebrews 10:35).
We have been born of the Word of God, and He has written His Word upon the tables of our heart – so we will do them (2 Corinthians 3:3; Hebrews 8:10, 10:6-7). The Word of God has brought faith into our hearts so we might please Him (Hebrews 11:6). The Holy Spirit has come to teach us the Word of God and to lead us and guide us into all the truth of His Word (John 16:13). By the Word of God, we are set free from every lie attempting to ensnare us and hold us back from the greatness of this life in Christ Jesus (John 8:32, 36; 2 Corinthians 6:7; Acts 20:32; Romans 10:8; 1 Thessalonians 2:13).
Pastor Mark Spitsbergen