Summary of the Sermon by Pastor Andrew Yeo, The City Church, Singapore, at Bethany International Service, on Sunday, 21 Oct 2018
The Heart of a True Worshipper
Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
What is the common denominator in worship for many of the heroes of faith? They all worshipped God during their difficulties. The bottom line is confessing His Lordship. Most of us question God when we go through tribulations – why does God let me go through such a situation? We can learn from Job. Instead of questioning God, Job declared that blessed be God.
1. A true worshipper does not worship “worship”
Today’s believers need instruments, songs and equipment to worship God. When there is no instrument, they find it hard to worship. When worshipping God, our focus should not be on the “worship” experience but on God.
Worship is from the heart and should focus on Jesus alone. It should be beyond instruments and the ambience, and it should come from our heart, reaching out to God. When our focus is not on the songs, the instruments or the worship leader, we begin to focus on worshipping God.
2. A true worshipper knows who he/she worships
David worshipped God even though he was taking care of the sheep. He started worshipping God in the fields. When you read Psalms, it seemed that David knew God so well. During his youth, Pastor Andrew had an encounter with God and the Holy Spirit led him to write down a song, which he finished in five minutes. God revealed later that what Pastor Andrew had experienced was similar to David’s experience with God.
We need to know who our source is. Jesus is not just our Saviour; He is also our Provider. God can heal us as we learn to depend on Him and worship Him. When we declared who God is in our life, we are proclaiming Him.
3. A true worshipper is sought by the Lord
My sacrifice, O God, is[a] a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise. (Psalm 51:17)
God is not seeking the worship but rather the worshiper who worships Him in Spirit and in truth. There was a period when Pastor Andrew could not see and had to be rushed to the hospital. He was operated on successfully, but the doctor said that he would not be able to see for eight months. He was sad and heavy-laden because of his condition. One day as he was listening to the Bible, he heard Acts 16:16-38, where Paul and Silas praised and worshipped God despite their circumstances. The Holy Spirit spoke to Pastor Andrew to worship God despite what was going on. He began to sing songs of worship to God and he prayed to God to heal him so that he could read the Bible with his own eyes. The next day, he was able to see and the doctor was surprised at the rate of his recovery and recognized that God is good. The doctor came to know the Lord through this incident.
Let God, and nothing else, be in the centre of our worship.