SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 01/05/15-“The Lips Versus The Heart” (Isaiah 29:13)
Premise Question: Why is it, that just giving “lip service,” to The LORD God Almighty, is woefully inadequate and isn’t sufficient enough honor given, in our worship of Him?
And so the Lord says, “These people say they are mine. They honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. And their worship of me is nothing but man-made rules learned by rote. (Isaiah 29:13 NLT)
So, this is what The LORD has to say about humankind and their made up traditions and celebrations they love so much, “These people make bold claims and huge declarations, with their mouths they offer up recitations of worship and honor to Me, in a memorized pledge of allegiance, which includes much fanfare, about how they belong to Me, but it is entirely meaningless and worthless lip service, because the words of their mouth are not connected to their hearts, in any meaningful way, shape or form; therefore, I, The LORD, am greatly displeased with these people, for their hearts are far removed from My presence.” (Isaiah 29:13 PDCP)
Bottom Line: When the celebrating, just for the sake of celebration, of our feasts and traditions, becomes the central focus, rather than, the focus being on the central figure and reason for the feasts, traditions and celebrations; we are just giving “lip service,” while participating in a meaningless pompous display of inert apathetic activity and motion, which doesn’t have any real purpose or honor. In order for the words and expressions of praise and worship coming from our mouths, to have any authentic impact and meaning, at all, those words coming out of our mouths must be connected and generated from grateful and thankful hearts, that are in right relationship with The LORD!