While reading the latter chapters of the Book of Exodus, I saw first-hand God’s efforts to reach out to Israel.
God designed the tabernacle, the Ark of the Covenant, the altars, the lampstand, even the bowls and the forks. For what purpose? So that He can be with His beloved Israel. Sure, God said in previous chapters that He did not want to go with Israel on the journey through the wilderness because He might disintegrate them with their mumblings, grumblings and complaints. But Moses prevailed upon God. God loves Israel so much and longs for their worship.
Fast forward a few thousand years and God makes the ultimate display of love for mankind, sending His Son, Jesus to die for our sins. We read in the Gospels how Jesus did His very best to reconcile man to God. Jesus did what the Father had Him do even of it meant giving His life.
God loves us so much that He gave His one and only Son, Jesus, that whoever will believe in Jesus will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16.
God is doing all He can so that we may be reconciled with Him, to Him who we did such grief when the first man Adam disobeyed when he ate the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil. We were the ones who disobeyed but God still made a way so that we might be returned to Him and worship Him. It takes someone who has experienced His love personally to worship God truthfully.
We cannot worship God without experiencing His saving grace. We cannot worship Him just because we want to, but because we are drawn into His love. We worship God because we know that without Him we are nothing.
Jesus said to the Samaritan woman that they who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth (John 4:23-24). We need God’s Spirit so that we may worship Him. If the Spirit is not with us, then true worship cannot be attained. We can sing all we want or cry all we want, but if the Spirit is not with us, everything will be in vain.
We were made for worship. Our spirit longs for His Spirit. We were designed that way.
“But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way.” — John 4:23 (New Living Translation)