Purposeful Powerful Praise

with Minister Patricia Dyer

Worship: A Sacred Journey Into God’s Embrace


Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.

John 4:23

God is looking for worshipers. He is looking for worshipers who will not only worship Him but will worship Him in Spirit and In Truth. I read through a commentary on this particular scripture and I found it quite profound! The context of this scripture is the Samaritan woman, who finds her satisfaction with a series of failed relationships. She tried to distract Jesus when she asked Him where proper worship should take place. Jesus responds by saying that true worship is not tied to location but to the intent of the heart.

The intent of your heart is key to beginning the sacred journey into God’s embrace. Worshipping the Father in Spirit and truth is what comprises true worship. Worship appears to be a very simple practice but very important when it comes to cultivating a relationship with God.

Why worship God?

  • The grace of God- As long as you acknowledge the grace of God, you will automatically be drawn to worship. His grace you do not deserve and yet He poured it out for your sake, for free!
  • His unconditional love- He loved you so much that He gave His one and only Son! The best gift yet!!
  • He spoke the world into existence! How majestic is His name! It is estimated that there are 2 trillion galaxies in existence!
  • He is God and He deserves our worship!

The list goes on and on! He is worthy of our worship and every time we raise worship to God, we feel His presence so strongly, and above that, we encounter Him in a unique way! There is nothing so satisfying as feeling His warm embrace! That is the power of worshipping God.

I know I should have begun with this question at the beginning of this article, but when you think about worship, what comes to mind? Some say it is praising and raising songs and music to God, others say it is making donations and others say it is praying. There are different opinions when it comes to worship, but believe it or not, all these are biblical. All these entail worship. Remember, it is all about the intention of the heart.

Before I conclude, let me draw an example of worship from scripture.

In Mark 12:41-44, a story is told of a widow who gave her all. It reads,

Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.

Isn’t it interesting? The poor widows’ sacrifice was acknowledged by God more than the large amounts thrown in by rich people. Her worship through giving was accepted because she gave her all. In the words of Jesus, ‘She put in everything-all she had to live on’.

That is the kind of worship that facilitates our journey into His warm embrace. A worship that is unreserved, unashamed, and aims towards giving everything! Your heart, your soul, and mind too! Withholding nothing!

Here is a song to inspire your worship! Raise that banner of worship before His throne and allow Him to move in a mighty way! Surrender all your cares, your desires, your anxieties, your pains, your joys…everything to Him!

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