READ: Isaiah 29:13
The Lord says: "These people come near to Me with their mouth and honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of Me is based on merely human rules they have been taught.
We all want to do the “right thing.” And, if we’re really honest, we all want others to see or notice that we are doing the “right thing.”
It’s even better when others praise us for our “right” actions. As a people pleaser, this gets me every time.
God does not just require “right” actions, though. Any worship of God, whether it’s fasting, praying, serving, giving, etc., must be done with a pure heart or it’s just hypocrisy.
An extravagant offering given to show off wealth is meaningless to Him. A beautiful song sung for the praises of men is just noise in His ears. In Psalm 139 God warns His people that He will always test our hearts to find our true motivations.
What does God want, what does He require?
Micah 6:8 tells us what God really wants from us is a humble and pure heart. There’s nothing wrong with “right” actions, but we must always make sure those actions come from a pure heart.
Just as Psalm 139 says, search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way of everlasting. Help me to live out of a pure heart of worship for You, and not for the praises of others. Make my motivations be pure and pleasing to You.