Isaiah 29:13 (NIV84)
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. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men.
God is not interested in worship practices, which may look and sound great; He desires worship from the heart. The people of Isaiah’s day had an elaborate ritual designed to honor God. But to God, it was no more than reading the words of a love letter, written by someone who did not know Him.
It is very easy for us to get in a routine that is void of feelings from the heart. We say thanks for the food, but are we genuinely thankful since we are not worried about where our next meal is coming from? We say thanks for the “roof over our head,” life, health, and strength.” But we are not homeless, our health is good, and we are physically okay.
Let’s be careful not to get into the “routine” of worship and praise sayings. Let every breath we breathe remind us to give thanks from the heart.