This post is part of an on-going series of teachings and podcasts on the subject of Genuine Worship.
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Let me point out straight away that there is nothing wrong with singing songs; with expressing your love for God through songs, dances, and any of those things. However, if that’s all there is to your worship then it’s worthless. If all you do is just talk and talk, then your worship is worthless.
I’ve already pointed out that genuine worship is never cheap. Take note of that. We are not worshipping a cheap God; we’re worshipping a glorious God. Genuine worship is when all that we are and all that we have respond to God’s greatness and glory. Worship involves the totality of our being and possessions.
So, if your worship of God is just a matter of what you say, a matter of songs, hymns, and nice platitudes, then it’s worthless. As a matter of fact, God condemned that kind of worship.
In Isaiah chapter 29 verse 13 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…”
Did you see that? They ‘come near’ to God and ‘honor’ Him; but they do that with their lips. He noted that their hearts are in another place, far from Him.
Jesus Christ pointed out to us that “Where a man’s treasure is, there also will his heart be.” Thus, when God said that these people’s hearts are far from Him, it meant that their treasures and substance were not involved in their worship.
In other words, when your worship is devoid of your substance, it is worthless.