We get shots (flu, encephalitis, etc), which sometimes makes us sick. We get a little bit of the flu so it can help us to not get the real thing. That’s good in the physical sense, but disastrous in the spiritual sense. Some people get a little bit of religion, just enough to keep them from getting the real thing. They believe in religion and the church, but don’t know Christ – their names are not written in the Book of Life. We must teach people to understand the heart of worship. Worship includes songs, but more than songs. Worship includes prayers, but more than prayers. When we sing the songs, God listens to our words, but He also listened to our hearts – what did He hear in yours?
True worship flows from the heart of man, without the heart it doesn’t matter what the hands, feet or lips do (Matthew 15:8 – “These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me”). It is possible to go through the motions of religion without being a true worshipper of God. If the heart of worship does not exist, then the order of worship does not matter.
1 Chronicles 28:9 – “…know the God of your father, and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind; for the Lord searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever.”
Psalm 34:17-18 – “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit.”
Psalm 66:18 – “If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.”
Joel 2:12-13 – “Now, therefore, says the Lord, Turn to Me will all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning. So rend your heart, and not your garments; return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness; and He relents from doing harm.”
What is the condition of your heart today?