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Ruler on the Throne

Isaiah 1:11-20

Verse 13a Stop bringing meaningless offerings!

Yesterday we touched on a point that we need to look a little deeper into – the need to be intentional about the object of our worship.

This passage we are looking at today was a prophecy given to Judah and Jerusalem but there are parts of it that sound like it could be given to many churches in our day. We can absentmindedly sing and listen on Sundays but miss the personal connection to the Father. How easy it is to find ourselves going through the motions of worship but not really thinking about it. How often do we sing and not even know what words we are singing? And isn’t it even more of a struggle to truly focus on the words when the song is very familiar?

It is so easy for us to become complacent in our worship because it is so easy to become complacent in our faith life. It isn’t that God just wants us to think about the words we are supposedly using to sing praise to Him, He wants our hearts to be in tune to Him. Praise is empty if it isn’t given with a worshipful heart and our hearts aren’t going to be worship-filled if our focus isn’t on God and His mighty work in our lives.

Before we can fully praise God we need to look to see if He is the one on the throne of our hearts. It is easy to say that He is there and quite another to know that He is there. True praise can only come from truly understanding His rightful place in our lives. And His rightful place in our lives is on the throne of our lives, not just on Sunday but on each and every day of the week. He is not a part-time God and we shouldn’t be treating Him as He is. If He is truly our God, He is to be on the throne every minute of every day.

Only when God is on the throne all the time are we going to find ourselves praising as we should. This is another way that the Sabbath is important in our week as it gives us time to refocus on who should be on the throne seat of our hearts. It is a reset time for our priorities and time to appraise our pride. Pride is one of the greatest destroyers of true praise of the Almighty. We can’t embrace God if we are stuck on ourselves.

Making It Personal

When was the last time you have evaluated who sits on the throne of your heart? Have you ever thought about your pride destroying your ability to praise God? What choices do you need to make to ensure God is on the throne of your heart?

Making It Personal Kids

What does it mean to have God on the throne of your heart? How do you know if God is on your throne or not? How can you make sure He is?

Closing Prayer

Father, thank You for helping us know how to truly worship You. Convict us when we try to sit on the throne of our hearts. Give us clarity about what it means to praise You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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