Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Do you truly worship at church?

Good Morning, Church!

We have a stirring challenge and sharp reminder this morning! God's rebuke of Jerusalem in Isaiah... God's people don't really change all that much from century to century!

Today's readings: 2 Thess 3, Isaiah 29-30, Psalm 119:1-32

"Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths and honor me with their lips, but have removed their hearts far from Me, and the fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men, therefore, behold, I will again do a marvelous work among these people, a marvelous work and a wonder; for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hidden." -Isaiah 29:13-14 (New King James Version)

Another version says it this way:

The Master said:

"These people make a big show of saying the right thing, but their hearts aren't in it. Because they act like they're worshiping me but don't mean it, I'm going to step in and shock them awake, astonish them, stand them on their ears. The wise ones who had it all figured out will be exposed as fools. The smart people who thought they knew everything will turn out to know nothing." -Isaiah 29:13-14 (The Message)

How does your worship measure up? Do you just sing the songs without thinking about the words? Or are the words a true reflection of what is in your heart toward God? Do you just come to church to check it off your list of "things good people do"? Or do you come to church because you can't wait to be in the presence of God and His people?! My motives are not always pure when I come to church. And there is something to be said for spiritual disciplines, and coming to church when you don't "feel like it". But I would say that when you don't feel like coming to church it is probably a symptom of a larger spiritual problem that you and God need to diagnose and cure! Are you struggling with a relationship with someone at church? Talk to them and get it resolved. Do you dislike some aspect of the worship service? Allow God to work in your heart and help you to worship Him no matter what the style. Are you just too tired to get up for church? Then you may need to adjust your other weekly obligations. So if you don't feel like coming to church- ask God to help you figure out why- but come anyway! And while you are there ask God to meet you- to open your eyes to His worthiness- to humble you in His holy presence- and then pour forth your worship!

Thursday through Saturday should be spent getting excited for the Sabbath, and Sunday through Wednesday should be spent remembering how you were refreshed and blessed on the Sabbath. Our whole week ought to revolve around the Sabbath! So prepare your hearts- make your relationships right- get excited about worshiping God this week! Can't wait to see you on Sunday!

May we all echo the Psalmist when he says: "With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!" -Psalm 119:10

Kelly

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