Heart of Worship: Don’t be misled, genuine worship starts from within

“This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me” – Matthew 15:8 (NRSV)

For many years, our local church prayed to have our own full band participating in worship service. It seemed having a live band would create a more lively and immersive atmosphere of praise. One day, we received instruments and equipment as donations. Soon, my younger bandmates started showing off and frequent discussions about just how good they were.

Worshiping God isn’t about how impressive a song is being played or are artistes experts with their instruments. Rather, genuine worship starts from within: our own relationship with God.

Giving Him praise isn’t about putting a show or for the entertainment of church-goers. Exalting His name emanates from a grateful attitude, thus, giving Him all glory and honor.

Many of us tend to look at external things to enhance worship thinking it will provide a more powerful experience but none of that matters if our heart is not right with God. Don’t be misled that worship is about pleasing and glorifying ourselves. Just as the song goes “You search much deeper within, through the way things appear, You’re looking into my heart.”