Isaiah 29:13 How Do You Worship God?

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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.” Isaiah 29:13 

Actions are something that are easy to do, but can fool many people. Just as with a magician doing a card trick as he makes it appear that the card appeared out of no where by magic, actions can appear to be with good intent. In the same way as the trick, actions are not always with the right heart.

People will often do certain things only because they are forced to do them, not because they want to do them. The actions are not really coming from the heart.

Isaiah has a prophecy against a city that has a set of actions that do not match up to their heart. God states that the people are quick to come to Him in word, but not with their heart.

It is easy for a person to claim to believe in and follow Jesus. It is easy for a person to go to church on Sunday and look good to the rest of the world. Doing these things can appear to most people that the person is a believer and is following God correctly.

The reason they can think this, is that man cannot see into the heart. Surface actions do not always reveal what is in the heart.

There are many people who go to church every Sunday, claiming to be a believer, but do not spend a moment with God outside of church. They never read the Bible, witness or pray. They have no relationship with God. It is all about appearance.

The true believer will worship God with full heart and spirit. Living for God will be something he wants to do, not something he has to do. It is all about the heart, not the actions. Actions will follow the heart.

Think about why you claim to believe in Jesus, then think about how you show that you believe in Jesus. Are you believing just to look good? Or are you doing it out of great love for God because of His great love for you?

Let everything that you say and do for God be done from the heart out of love. Do not let it just be a ritual or habit. Be alive in your worship of God with your whole life.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will love God with all of your heart; that you will do things out of love for God; and that you will honor God with your heart.

Psalm 134:2 Show Your Excitement

People raising hands

Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the Lord. Psalm 134:2 

At football games people get excited when their team makes a touchdown score. They will jump up and shout loudly with excitement. As they are shouting and raising their hands in triumph, they do not care who sees or hears them. This is done for something that they did not directly have any part in. The team members usually don’t even know their name, unless it is a small high school team.

People will also raise their hands and shout with excitement at a concert with their favorite singer or band performing. They will do things that are a bit crazy and don’t care who sees them. The things done are things that should not be done in a workplace or in regular public, but people don’t care.

The author of this psalm is telling the people to lift up their hands and praise God in the sanctuary. This was not even in the normal public places, but in the place where praising God is expected.

In many churches one can hear some great worship music being played. While the music is playing people are sitting and singing, but that is all. The majority do not raise their hands in praise to God. There is a good number in the front of the sanctuary that may do it and a few scattered around the rest, but most won’t do it.

Many people will say that it is just not their style. Yet, some of these same people are the ones who jump and shout at their football team scoring.

Every believer has something greater than a football team scoring to shout about. God has done things of greater value than anything temporary on this earth. He has given forgiveness of sins and eternal life. That is something worth jumping and shouting about.

As you think about what God has done for you, how does it make you feel? This should be the greatest news of all time. It should make you want to jump and shout, praising God with all your might.

Each day you live on this earth, God is forgiving you of your sins. He is constantly working with you to make you more like Jesus. This is of eternal consequence and value, not just something temporary.

Give God praise for what He has done and is doing in your life. Do not be ashamed to raise your hands and voice in praise to the eternal, loving Almighty God.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what God has done for you; that you will not be ashamed to praise God openly; and that you will give God praise everywhere you go.

Psalm 133:1 Living In Unity

Men standing together

How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! Psalm 133:1 

Living in unity is something that is not very common. Everyone has their own agenda and goals in life. Each person has their own thoughts as to how things should be.

In the process of having their own thoughts on how things should be, many will fight against anyone who does not agree with them. Most people want everyone to agree with them on everything, or else the other person is wrong.

Disunity comes as a result of selfishness. Each person wants his own way in whatever is being discussed. Families, communities, cities, nations often work and live in disunity. Everyone disagreeing with everyone else.

David knew the value of living in unity. He saw the dangers and struggles that could occur when there was disunity. When people lived in unity it was always a good thing to occur.

Just as it is common to see disunity in the world, it also occurs among believers. There are many who believe that having different beliefs is automatically disunity. This is not necessarily true.

God can guide each and every person on different paths in life and not have disunity. The unity is found in everyone worships God, everyone strives to be like Jesus, and everyone works at building God’s kingdom.

The manner in which these things are carried out may look differently from person to person. One may worship standing up, while the other does it sitting down. This is not disunity, but just differences in manner. The unity is still found in worshipping God.

One should not argue, fight or look down on the other because he does it differently. Focus on God and His kingdom, not the little petty things. People need to agree to disagree on how things can be done, but not to fight about, but be in unity despite it.

There will be things that others do that you do not fully agree with. Do not allow those things to get in the way of worshipping God and building His kingdom with them. Strive to live in unity with them with all the differences.

God is a great God and has allowed many ways to do many different things. The only thing that is only one way is salvation, which is by faith in Jesus Christ alone.

Are you living in unity with other believers? Or are you fighting fellow believers?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will guide you in living for Him; that you will have God’s grace with those who do things differently; and that God will strengthen you to live in unity with others.