Like many churches, my church has what they call a “worship service.” Basically, it’s like any church service, with a little more music and prayer mixed in! There’s some sitting time, and some standing time, and sometimes even a breaking of bread and sharing of wine. No doubt, I’ve had some of the most worshipful, meaningful encounters with God during these services, but I’ve also had times where my mind was a thousand miles away and I left feeling like I hadn’t worshiped God at all! Regardless, an onlooker during either occasion would have seen me doing the exact same things. Sit down, stand up, sing, sing, sing! So what’s the problem? It’s our heart God wants… not our memorized or rambled prayers–and definitely not “worship” songs with words we haven’t even considered the meaning of. Is it possible to attend church, even a worship service, and not worship God. You’d better believe it… and it’s been going on a loooong time!
“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 29:13b
Give God your heart… and He’ll give you His!