I am not exactly sure..but I can not help thinking about where Jesus promises the Comforter will come, the Spirit of Truth. Many people consider this to be the baptism of the Holy Spirit with evidence of speaking in tongues. However, I have not yet received (that I know of) the gift of tongues.....so someone else could probably expand on this better than I.
What this means. (Taken from John 4:23) is that you are honest before God. With adoration and love to God. No false pretenses. Allowing the Spirit to guide you in worship. This was taken from The Massage bible.. and it says
"Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That's the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship. God is sheer being itself—Spirit. Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration."
The original from the New International Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.
Is why I think most people have a hard time being open before God. They must loose the walls and forget about themselves.
I used to question my worship and couldn't enter in because I was so concerned I was doing it wrong. One day after worship a woman came up to me and said, " The LORD says stop analyzing your worship of Me and just love Me." It took awhile for me to learn to let go but once I did I believe to worship Him in spirit and truth is to just love Him with all of my heart and when I come before Him have nothing on my mind but Him.
If the question is about the meaning of John 4:23-24, Jesus appeared to be correcting some misconceptions that the Samaritans had about worship.
First, they tended to focus on external elements of worship such as which mountain to worship on rather than on the spiritual interaction and transaction that must accompany true worship ("worship in spirit").
Also, the Samaritans actually did worship falsely. They disobeyed both halves of the Biblical warning "do not add anything to God's book and do not take anything away". They "took away" by not accepting as inspired Scripture any Old Testament books other than the Torah, and they "added" by incorporating various unbiblical worship practices from the various Canaanite peoples who re-populated the region after the Assyrians conquered the northern kingdom (2 Kings 17).
How does this apply to us?
I believe we need to make sure that we don't focus so much on exernals such as musical or liturgical style that we forget to truly meet with God.
I also believe that we need to make sure we don't focus in on one area of the Bible or theology or spiritual experience to the exclusion of others.
And we also need to make sure that we don't incorporate any elements into our worship that the Bible explicitly prohibits (particularly any elements that draw attention away from God to false "gods").
Just a few thoughts...
Thanks, Alex, for pointing out that the context here is the story of the woman at the well. She was trying to argue about who was worshiping in the right place, the Jews or the Samaritans, and Jesus (as always) got to the heart of the matter.
It's not about where or how we worship - it's about who we are worshiping. And just as importantly, I think, who is doing the worshiping.
The relationship between us and God always comes back to this - it's about a relationship...between us and God.
I am coming to the conclusion that although it certainly has 'deep' meaning....it also means 'really'. To really worship God, not a pretense or a show....to really dig in and mean it.
I very much appreciate, that you have even asked this question; that today I logged on here, and stumbled across this question again. I am blessed, just for asking myself this.
When you look to the original Greek it means uncovered ... nothing hidden. This implies that God wants us to be transparent in worship. "Here I am Lord ... this is who I am ... this is what I'm bringing."