Scripture for Today: Isaiah 29:13 “The Lord says, ‘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 based on merely human rules they have been taught.'”
Styles of worship vary so much, especially internationally. Our French church would often begin the service with complete silence and the expectation was to spend time in prayer and reflection. For other churches, the music is upbeat and loud to begin things, gradually toning down to the message. There are churches that feel any instrument except the human voice is out of place. And the volume, rhythm, and style can all be a subject of debate .
In today’s verse none of these considerations are addressed. The essential component of true worship has nothing to do with style, traditions or even what is considered more spiritual. What matters to the Lord is the attitude and intent of the heart. One can mouth the right phrases and the right notes with a heart that is very far from Him. Jesus taught that true worship will involve His Spirit and will use the truth of His Word (John 4:24).
I know the Lord wants my worship of Him to be sincere and from the heart. The worship He desires not only comes from my mouth in song but also from my thoughts and daily actions. When I read God’s Word it can be worship. When I remember, meditate or share a verse it can be an act of worship. When I praise Him to others in testimony it is worship. Even when I am trying to hear and obey His voice, that is worship.
Lord, may my worship of You be daily and heartfelt. You are worthy!