Going Through the Motions
Sometimes husbands and wives have trouble with one another. Often the wife has been sending signals to the husband for some time and he is clueless. It’s such a common thing that we joke about it universally.
Israel was like that with God. They missed the signs and signals that God put out for what He wanted for their lives. Psalm 50 is about the fact that His isn’t happy with their worship. The people of Israel were faithfully offering the sacrifices that God required but the acts of worship that they offered were not what God wanted. The rest of their lives were lived in sin and they disregarded God’s will for their lives.
In the same way, we can also be guilty of going through the motions of worship but not living our lives for God because our hearts are not in it. For the people of Israel in the time of David, the worship was a formality and not a heart-felt offering. God isn’t looking for us to offer acts of worship, He calls for acts of worship to give us a place to act out worship of the heart.
If you have ever had someone help you because they feel obligated, it is easy to see the difference in attitude when compared to someone who is happy to help. In then same way, God can see right through our offerings of worship where we feel obligated to worship instead of joyful.
How to restore a worshipful heart:
- Be thankful (Psalm 50:14). Appreciation is a useful part of every relationship and it’s no different with God. It helps us develop a mindset toward serving God because we recognize all He has done for us. Psalm 105:1–5
- Keep your covenant with God (Psalm 50:14). We have a vow to God to keep His ordinances and follow His principles. When we are baptized into Christ we vow to be faithful to God. The Marines have a motto, “always faithful.” God calls for me to be faithful not only because He asks for it but because the daily practice of faithfulness to our spouses, our churches, and others is good for our hearts. 1 Samuel 15:22–23
- Trust God (Psalm 50:15). Imagine God’s pain when His own children turn away from Him and look for help in other sources. When we trust God it’s not always the easy path because we may have to give up things we want or wait on the Lord because we have put our trust in God. Prov 3:5–6 In Psalm 50:16–21 God says He is coming to judge the wicked. He promises that the people who don’t follow faithfully will be destroyed but the thankful, faithful and trusting follower will be blessed. It takes a lot of energy but it is eternally worth it.
In Psalm 50:16–21 God says He is coming to judge the wicked. He promises that the people who don’t follow faithfully will be destroyed but the thankful, faithful and trusting follower will be blessed. It takes a lot of energy but it is eternally worth it.
Based on a lesson by Robert Moss
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