The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honour me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught."
Has your worship ever felt like this? Most of us have experienced times when we have attended a church or place of worship, merely out of a sense of duty or requirement. Many of us have probably regularly attended churches or other worship venues where we can say the right words and follow along without even thinking because the format is always the same and highly repetitive. In these situations is is possible to attend church or 'worship' while remaining distant or removed from what is actually going on. That is not to say that there is no value in repetitive structures and liturgies. If fact the opposite is true, sometimes a familiar and repetitive structure helps us to remember and reflect on deep spiritual truths. but if we just 'go through the motions' our worship is far from authentic. Our worship is always a response to who God is and all that he has done for us. The things we do in worship and the way that we do them are really irrelevant unless they help us to encounter our living God and his love and grace and then respond in thanks and praise.
Heavenly Father, thank you for all that you have done for me. Help me to remember that all you have done is a gift, free of obligation. May my worship always be an authentic response to what you have done and may it lead me into a deeper relationship of trust in you. Amen
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