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  Bible Question: What does it mean to worship, praise and glorify God? As stated in John 4:24 what does it mean to worship God in spirit and truth?
 
Bible Answer: Jesus is talking with a Samaritan woman in John 4:1-26. Jesus is seeking to reach her heart. The woman has just come to believe that Jesus is a prophet and then she adds,
 
  Our fathers worshiped in this mountain, and you people say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. (NASB) John 4:20
 
That sounds familiar. Most people would say they go to a church, a synagogue, a mosque, a temple, or some "place" to worship God. Her ancestors had worshiped at a temple on Mt. Gerizim. It was a close copy of the temple in Jerusalem. The Samaritans believed that the only sacred books were the first five books of the Old Testament, the books of Moses - the Pentateuch. They had their own priests and probably their own order of worship. How did Jesus respond? Here is His answer.
 
  But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers shall 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. (NASB) John 4:23-24
 
     Things Surrounding Worship. In the Old Testament, worship included voluntary gifts, tithes, priests, music, a choir, a choir leader, songs and hymns of thanksgiving. All of these components are a part of many church services today.

 
  . . . men were also appointed over . . . the contributions, the first fruits, and the tithes . . . for Judah rejoiced over the priests and Levites who served. For they performed the worship of their God . . . together with the singers . . . For in the days of David and Asaph, in ancient times, there were leaders of the singers, songs of praise and hymns of thanksgiving to God. (NASB) Nehemiah 12:44-46
 
2 Chronicles 5:12-14 tells us the Jews included a variety of musical instruments in their worship. The worship of God often occurred in a building (Acts 2:46; Heb. 9:6) and it occurred on a Saturday or the Sabbath (Acts 15:21). But Jesus did not talk about a building, the day of the week for worship, or their order of worship.
     
 
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