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Today’s Bible Reading:

Numbers 4:1-5:31
Mark 12:18-37
Psalm 48:1-14
Proverbs 10:26

Today’s Bible Verse(s):

Psalm 48:9 (NLT): “O God, we meditate on your unfailing love as we worship in your Temple.”

Reflections on Today’s Bible Verse(s):

I’ve said it before, and I’ll continue to repeat it because it is a theme in Scripture – God doesn’t want our mindless acts of worship. He wants our heart!

Whether we are worshiping on a Sunday morning with our church family or worshiping in our car on the way to work, God wants that adoration to flow from our inner being.

But let’s get really honest. Sometimes, we just don’t feel like worshipping. We know that we should. But we just don’t feel like it. Maybe life has been hard or chaotic. Perhaps sin has taken us away from the Lord’s presence, or we simply have grown spiritually cold.

If we are genuine children of God, we know we should worship. In fact, there is a hunger inside of us that we know can only be satisfied when we are enjoying our God. Yet, we often find ourselves not craving to do the very things that would most satisfy our inner longings.

So, how do we get our hearts into a place where we can worship? How can we get to a place where we want to do what we know we should be doing? Do what the Psalmist did: “Meditate on (His) unfailing love.” 

If we don’t feel like worshipping, we need to simply reflect deeply upon how much our God loves us. We need to think about how He demonstrated that love for us on the cross. We should think about how He shows that love for us each day by giving us our next breath of air, family and friends, and so much more.

When we realize how much God loves us, we will find it easier to worship Him from our hearts.

Matt Ellis is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Polk City, Florida (fbcpolkcity.com). His latest book is God’s Grace in the Real World. Connect with him on FacebookTwitter, or LinkedIn.

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