MEMORISE: Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men. Isaiah 29:13
BIBLE VERSE: 1 Chronicles 16:23-31
23. Sing unto the LORD, all the earth; show forth from day to day his salvation.
24. Declare his glory among the heathen; his marvelous works among all nations.
25. For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; he also is to be feared above all gods.
26. For all the gods of the people are idols; but the LORD made the heavens.
27. Glory and honor are in his presence; strength and gladness are in his place.
28. Give unto the LORD, ye kindred of the people, give unto the LORD glory and strength.
29. Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; bring an offering, and come before him; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.
30. Fear before him, all the earth;
the world also shall be stable, that it be not moved.
31. Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; and let men say among the nations, The LORD reigneth.
Worship – true worship is in the absolute submission of the heart to the one being worshipped and adored. You can pretend to be in awe of any human being and they would be deceived, but God searches the intentions of our heart, and that is why He knows those who truly worship Him.
John 4:24 says: “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”
Search your heart: are you a true worshipper? If you claim to be a worshipper and you still commit sin, you need to check your claim again. A true worshipper of God does not take with levity anything that concerns Him. David is a very good example of a true worshipper.
He wrote many psalms praising God and talking about how much He loved God’s statutes. His lifestyle and how he revered God showed that he truly esteemed Him greatly. He had a burden to build a temple for God and even though He told him not to, David didn’t just fold his hands; he provided all that would be needed to build it.
That is clearly not eye service. David was a man after God’s own heart, because he practised heartfelt worship. If you’re not as committed to your tasks in Church when your Pastor is not around as you are when he is, you are not a true worshipper. If you worship God because you are expecting something in return, you are not amongst the true worshippers. God rejects heartless worship (Amos 5:21-24).
Two people can come with similar offerings to Him and He will reject one and accept the other just like in the case of Cain and Abel (Genesis 4:1-15). Are you a true worshipper?