I will praise you, LORD, with all my heart; before the “gods” I will sing your praise. Psalm 138:1
Going through the motions is a common practice of most people. People go to work each day and do the job they are required to do, but most are not excited about going to work. It is just something that they must do. They need money to buy the needed food and pay for the housing, so they must work.
Children go to school each day, because they are forced to go. Most children would not step foot in school if they did not have to do so. Those that would go to school, mainly go to be with their friends, not to learn.
The common thing in these situations are that people are not putting their heart in what they are doing.
Sadly this can often happen in the church. On Sunday mornings during worship, many sing the songs of praise just because that is what they do on Sunday mornings. Even throughout the week a person may be playing music from a Christian radio station, but are just hearing the music, not really listening or worshipping God.
Putting your heart into something means that you are giving it all you have to do it. You are not leaving anything behind.
David said that he would praise God with all of his heart. He was giving God everything he had.
The heart is what pumps the blood through the body. It is what gives the body life.
Each time that you choose to give God some praise, it must be done with all of your heart. Give life to your praise. Do not do it as just another ritual that must be done. Anything that is done as a ritual is dead and lifeless.
Anyone in the world who sees a dead, lifeless praise will not want to be a part of it.
When God hears a dead, lifeless praise coming from a person, He knows it does not mean very much.
How is your praise to God today?
Is it coming from your heart?
Is it alive with excitement and joy?
Or is it just a ritual, that is lifeless and dead?
I pray today that you will be filled with the joy of the Lord; that you will sing praises to God from your heart; that you will put all of your heart into your praise to God; and that you will have a song of praise in your heart all day long.