God wants us to worship Him. He doesn't need us, for He couldn't be a self-sufficient God and need anything or anybody, but He wants us. When Adam sinned it was not He who cried, 'God, where art Thou?' It was God who cried, 'Adam, where art thou?' – A.W. Tozer
I lost my son once. In church, no less. Only a parent who has done the same understands the terror. The more I looked for him, the more frantic I got as my imagination ran in horrific directions. Ten minutes later, I was still yelling and running frantically around the building searching for him. When I finally saw him, he was grinning. He had been with my mom. (Of course, the one place I didn't check!) Has something like that ever happened to you? If it has, then you know the feeling.
There's a word for this kind of searching in our New Testament: zëlètô, or "to seek." It comes from the root word zeito, which means "fervent." So we can infer a "fervent seeking" – the kind where you can't rest until you find what you're looking for. From this word we also get words like "zealot" and "zealous."
God "zëlètô"s two kinds of people: those who are lost, and those who worship Him.
"For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost." – Luke 19:10
"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
John 4 is a fantastic passage of Scripture. Not only does it talk about God looking for worshipers, it is also probably the best thing we have in the Gospels concerning Jesus' view of worship. We will spend some time in John 4 as we learn about worship as God zealously seeks us… as God zealously seeks you.
God, here I am. Put a burning fire in my heart. I want to be found by You, newly aware of Your presence as You zealously seek me. Amen.
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