I’ve been reading through the book of Jeremiah…it’s so sad to read this part of the Story where God’s people have wandered off…chosen things that do not satisfy over the only One who can satisfy. How they’ve turned their backs on the One who loves them the most, only to give themselves over to wickedness.
Aren’t we sometimes guilty of the same things? Don’t we sometimes forget where everything good comes from? Don’t we sometimes look other places for satisfaction?
I read this verse in chapter 12 verse 2…
“You have planted them, and they have taken root;
they grow and bear fruit.
You are always on their lips
but far from their hearts.”
…and I wonder…how many times is the Lord on our lips but far from our mind…far from our hearts? How many times do we sing words of praise without TRULY giving Him praise? I know there have been times in the past that I was guilty of lip service…of being in this group…
“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.” Isaiah 29:13
…until I really began to KNOW Him.
The One who gives us life and breath…the One who called us out of darkness into His Light…the One who sent His ONLY SINLESS Son to take my punishment on the cross…
…the One who walked out of the grave, ALIVE, to give me life…
…He deserves our heart. All of it. He is worthy of TRUE praise…not just empty words.
Our hearts should be overflowing with gratefulness, and words merely a way to express what is bursting forth from our hearts. ONLY when we get deeper in and more intimate with Him is when this happens. When we spend time in His Word and in His Presence. When we know and see the beauty and TRUTH of Who our God is, we just can’t help but want our hearts to be as close to Him as they can.
So where are our hearts?
Are we offering empty words at the Throne of Grace?
Bring me even closer to You, Lord. Bring me closer to Your heart. Let me never offer empty words, let my heart be continually bursting with gratitude and joy that only You give.
Jeremiah continues in verse 3 and says…
“Yet you know me, Lord; you see me and test my thoughts about You.”
He knows us.
He sees us.
He alone tests our thoughts about Him.
Father…let what You see in us be pleasing in Your sight.
Forgive us for insulting Your name by offering empty words…may every word I offer at Your throne be full of praise and gratitude, because YOU ARE WORTHY.
In Jesus Name, Amen
“Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”