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 based on merely human rules they have been taught.” Isaiah 29:13
Jesus wasn’t talking about the acts of worship. It was all about the posture of the heart. This woman knew the religious traditions. However, what she had been taught couldn’t change her inside. It didn’t change how she lived.
Worship goes beyond a song. It goes beyond the four walls of a building. It is your whole heart in the hands of God. True worship flows from a place of complete surrender, a heart that says, “Here I am, have all of me.”
True worship is supposed to change the heart of a person. True worship, true surrender to God impacts who we are, how we are and how we live our lives each day. When we truly surrender our hearts to God, we become empty and it gives the Lord an opportunity to pour back into us: His truth, His ways and intentions, all through His Spirit.
God doesn’t want an act anymore; God wants your whole heart. It’s time to get honest with God; it’s time to be vulnerable. He sees the heart of who you are. He sees what nobody else can see.
Change requires complete surrender, all of you in all of your rawness, willing to be touched and led by the precious and merciful hand of God. Whatever you need can be found when you posture your heart to say, “Here I am.” Out of that place of worship, you can truly experience the Lord in all of His truth and power.
Will you give Him your heart?
Taken from the book Living Waters by Susan Deborahs. Copyright © 2014 by Susan Deborahs. All rights reserved.