Psalm for the Day

Thursday, September 22, 2011

A Heart Rejection of Sin

“Bow down and worship the LORD our Creator!”     Psalms 95:6 CEV

Let it be understood that all meetings for the worship of God, who are really not in a state of heart to do whatever He commands them, are mockers.

Just as all who come to church and do not honestly intend to apply the truth and obey it when they leave, they mock God.

The very fact that they come to church to “appear before Him” implies that they mean to obey Him.   If they do not, they are mocking God.

Hear what the Lord said by the mouth of His prophet, “As for you, son of man, your people are talking to each other about you by the walls and at the doors of the houses.  They are saying, ‘Come and hear the word that has come from the Lord.’  They come and sit in front of you as My people, and listen to the words you say. But they do not do them.  With their mouth they speak of love, but their hearts are full of sinful desire.   They think of you as nothing more than one who sings love songs with a beautiful voice and plays music well.  For they hear what you say, but they will not do it” (Ezek. 33:30-32 NLV).

They wanted to make God believe that they had intended to obey Him.  They came out and sat before the prophet as the people of God and heard his words and professed to love and admire them, but would not obey them.

Confessing sin without true repentance is mocking God.  When people confesses their sins and profess to be sorry but they continue to sin daily, is mocking God.

I suppose people in the act of confession profess to be sorry for their sin, but if it is without true repentance or because they got caught, it is a mockery of God.

What does confess imply?   Repentance!

What is repentance?   A heart rejection of sin!  Turning from sin.

So a person professes repentance for sin, without forsaking their sin and turning away from it, by all their confessions they mock God.

A formality of our prayers can mock God.  Some prayers are said without thinking of what is being said, or the same thing is repeated over and over.   Some people pray according to customs/tradition, their prayers become a habit….a routine, in such a matter that they hardly know what they are praying.   Others pray out of duty, it is a mere form of prayer.

Instead of praying from the depths of their heart it is mere talk, performance and a form of godliness.  

There is such a formality that people know what “you” are going to pray for next and what “you” are going to say.

Such prayers are merely mocking God.

“He put a new song in my mouth,
a song of praise for our God.
Many people will learn of this
and be amazed;
they will trust the LORD”.   Psalm 40:3 CEB

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