“These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men.” (Isaiah 29:13)
Worship is no insignificant matter. Worship must come from the heart, the inner most part of a person. The world is full of outward show and ceremony but if the heart is not right with God it is all a waste. It seems as though humankind is in the business of drawing up rules. Rules pile upon rules in government and even in the Church. Denominations are created because of a new rule created by someone.
People appear “holier than thou” and create their own religion based on rules. It is easy to lose sight of grace in this world of legalism. And yet in all of this there is something that urges people to approach God. Why do they waste their time if they are not sincere? Is there something within them that says they should be doing this but they just don’t know why?
Sincerity in worship is an individual matter. Even though we come together as a fellowship, the fellowship cannot worship for us. Our hearts need to be focused on God and that can only happen if we have a relationship with Him.
We don’t want to be going through vain repetitions when we worship, which can be a challenge considering all the repetition there is in some worship services. Can those parts be made real for us each week? Yes, they can as the Spirit within us is stirred and our God comes alive to us.
Heavenly Father, fill our spirit with Your Spirit so that our worship is pleasing to You. Receive our praise to Your glory. You alone do we worship. No one or no thing in this world or out of it receives our worship. We worship You: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Pastor Robert Forsberg is with Light of Christ Lutheran Church in Fairborn.