Friday, July 17, 2015: Isaiah 29-31; James 1
The Lord said:
Because these people draw near with their mouths
and honor me with their lips,
while their hearts are far from me,
and their worship of me is a human commandment learned by rote;
14 so I will again do
amazing things with this people,
shocking and amazing.
The wisdom of their wise shall perish,
and the discernment of the discerning shall be hidden.
Isaiah 29: 13-14
Consistency of heart and life is a theme that is prevalent in both the Old and New Testament scriptures. If our heart is turned toward God, our actions, words, etc. should follow. This is especially true in worship! We can so very easily get into a pattern of worship without commitment; going through the motions, checking it off our list…this is the very worship that is abhorrent to God.
God requires that we worship fully engaged, with an eye toward continual transformation of heart and life. In these days leading up to worship on Sunday, let’s examine our hearts and motivations – that we might gather together and praise God with hearts wide open!