Devotion - February 2, 2012

Devotion - February 2, 2012

Daily devotion from Ezekiel 33:31.

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“My people come to you, as they usually do, and sit before you to listen to your words, but they do not put them into practice. With their mouths they express devotion, but their hearts are greedy for unjust gain.”

Ezekiel 33:31

Worship that God calls GOOD

Surely it is GOOD to gather with others in church to hear the Word of God through our pastors whom God has called to serve us. It is also GOOD when we speak and sing the praises of God in his house of worship.

Listening to the Word and praising God is GOOD, but it can become displeasing to him. God told his prophet Ezekiel the reason: The hearers do not put God's Word into practice.  Many think their worship is GOOD even when they just do it out of habit. They consider the mere act of worship a service to God.  However, even when expressed with eloquence, our worship is meaningless before God when faith and sincerity are lacking in our hearts.

God calls worship GOOD when we hear his Word, believe it, and put it into practice. Prompted by the love of Jesus for us, our acts of worship are glad expressions of thanks to him.  Our willful obedience to God’s Word flows out of faithful hearts filled with the joy of his salvation.  That’s the kind of worship that God calls GOOD.

Prayer: 

Gracious God, lead me to love your Word and gladly hear and learn it.  Help me to put your Word into practice with a heart filled with faith in Jesus. Amen.


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