God makes reference to the fact that true worshipers should worship in spirit and truth. “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.” (John 4:23)
The word ‘true’ in the Greek (John 4:23) is ALETHINOS! (Strong’s Concordance 228) This means ‘being real and genuine; that which has not only the name and resemblance, but the real nature corresponding to the name.’ The word is also used to describe the true nature of God who sent Jesus to redeem mankind; that Jesus fully represented God in every way. (John 7:28 and John 1:9) This word also extends to God’s worshipers. As much as God is true and genuine in all His ways, so should His worshipers be in their worship. The word is also related to the Greek word ‘ALETHES’ which means ‘unconcealed or manifest.’ A true worshiper has nothing to hide. He is true to God in every way and does not fake any area of his life to satisfy religious standards. He is the real thing, the genuine article. The manifestation of true worship is not something that is hidden in a Christian’s life. It is made manifest as a lifestyle, for the world to see that we unashamedly love and worship Him. God is looking for those who worship sincerely, the true worshiper.
Worship is a spiritual exercise that involves both spirit and truth according to Jesus, and you need both for acceptable worship to the Father. The word ‘truth’ in the Greek is ‘ALETHEIA’ and is from the same root as the word ‘true’ in the same verse, and means not hidden or concealed.
“But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.” (John 4:23)
The Message translation makes it very clear:
”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. It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God. Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship.” (John 4:23 The Message)
God wants our worship to be sincere, based on a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit and His word. Worship is the result of the Holy Spirit quickening God’s word in your spirit and mind. This is what Jesus was alluding to above. The Holy Spirit connects with your spirit and brings God’s word alive in you so you can respond with worship. For this reason, worship cannot be manufactured, it has to be a response based on a genuine relationship with God and His word. Worship is such a personal thing between you and God, removing all comparison and competition with others or judgment by them, for no man knows the condition of your heart. You should never feel any condemnation when you worship, even though you might not be in a good place at the time.
God loves it when you put Him first, even in the midst of difficult circumstances, and the Holy Spirit is always ready to help you. He will bring to remembrance God’s promises and His faithfulness as a loving Father toward you.
Taken from my book, THE MINISTRY OF THE PSALMIST.