The Inward Reality of Worship
What goes on in the heart when we truly worship God in spirit and in truth? How do we know if we are truly worshipping?
It is not sufficient just to do acts of worship or say or sing the words of worship.
God told Isaiah in Isaiah 29:13—
And the Lord said: “Because this people draw near with their mouth and honor me with their lips, while their hearts are far from me, and their fear of me is a commandment taught by men” (Isaiah 29:13).
God is not pleased with worship that does not spring from the heart.
We must be concerned with the heart when we consider our worship.
What then takes place inside when our spirit communes with the Spirit of God in worship? What goes on in the heart when see seek God in worship?
Now, these questions touch upon a very sacred part of our experience and cannot be fully searched out or explained. I don’t want you to think that we can take something so wonderful as the meeting between the Lord God and His people and simplify it into easy steps. You cannot distill such a profound experience as true worship into a formula.
But there are, I believe, some matters of the heart that you should experience, at least to some degree or another, if you are truly engaged in pursuing and worshipping God.
Sermon Notes for this message available online and as a PDF download.
Additional Sermon Notes for the series “Thoughts on Worship” also available.