Saturday, February 12, 2005

The Straight Glory

God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in Spirit and in Truth. (John 4:24)
The word “orthodoxy” is from a Greek compound: orthos and doxa. Orthos means “straight” or “upright.” We go to the orthodontist to have our teeth straightened. Orthopedic surgeons straighten out structural deformities of the bone. Doxa means “glory.” It is a word of praise and worship. When we sing or speak a “doxology,” we are speaking a word of praise to God, a word the glorifies Him.

We were made to glorify God. The first principle of the Westminster Catechism says, “The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.”

There is an old Latin saying in the Church: Lex orendi, lex credendi, the way we pray is the way we believe. How do you glory in God? How do you pray? What is the content of your worship? These reveal what you truly believe.

The way you glory in God, is it straight, is it upright? Does it correctly portray God? Does it stand up next to what He has established? Jesus said, “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in Spirit and in Truth” (John 4:24). Do you worship in Spirit and in Truth?

Our worship must be in Spirit and in Truth. Truth is a person, the Lord Jesus Christ. He said, “I am the Truth” (John 14:6). So our worship must be according to who Jesus is, the Son of God, the Word made flesh (John 1:14).

Worship is a spiritual activity. That is, it is an activity of the Holy Spirit at work in our spirit. The Bible says, “No one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:3). So our worship must directed by the Holy Spirit.

The Word and the Spirit will always be in perfect agreement with what God has revealed in the Scriptures.

God is Spirit, so the worship that properly glorifies God is that which is directed by the Holy Spirit and exalts the Lord Jesus Christ.