Lord's Day Liturgy

A Heart That Is True

Psalm 119:2 states, “Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart.” The Lord looks on the heart (1 Samuel 16:7), it is His work to give new hearts (Ezekiel 36:26), and He causes His love to be poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5).

A great danger to a people who know that they must worship is to substitute, whether by apathy or by calculation, the motions for the motivation. The Lord warned His people over and over that heartless worship was an abomination to Him.

> 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,
therefore, behold, I will again
 do wonderful things with this people,
 with wonder upon wonder;
and the wisdom of their wise men shall perish,
 and the discernment of their discerning men 
shall be hidden.” 
(Isaiah 29:13–14)

Instead, we ought to sing “psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in [our] hearts to God” (Colossians 3:16). We who were once slaves of sin “have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which [we] were committed” (Romans 6:17). We worship and we do our work “not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart” (Ephesians 6:6).

So how is your heart? Let us make sure that we draw near to God in worship with a hear that is true (see Hebrews 10:22).