We started in Psalm 103. In the Bible study we read just verses 1-6, but I've included the whole passage, because it's REALLY encouraging:
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2 Praise the LORD, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
3 who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
5 who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
and justice for all the oppressed.
his deeds to the people of Israel:
8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
9 He will not always accuse,
nor will he harbor his anger forever;
10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;
14 for he knows how we are formed,
he remembers that we are dust.
15 The life of mortals is like grass,
they flourish like a flower of the field;
16 the wind blows over it and it is gone,
and its place remembers it no more.
17 But from everlasting to everlasting
the LORD’s love is with those who fear him,
and his righteousness with their children’s children—
18 with those who keep his covenant
and remember to obey his precepts.
and his kingdom rules over all.
you mighty ones who do his bidding,
who obey his word.
21 Praise the LORD, all his heavenly hosts,
you his servants who do his will.
22 Praise the LORD, all his works
everywhere in his dominion.
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.
14 Therefore once more I will astound these people
with wonder upon wonder;
the wisdom of the wise will perish,
the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish.”
Wow. This is harsh. And yet so true. How many times in our lives do we give lip service but not have our heart in what we're doing? We go to church because that's what we've always done. It's what's expected. But this is not a sacrifice. It's hollow and empty. This is what happens when we blah, blah, blah with our mouths but there is no connection to our hearts. We speak without thinking or do it because it's become a routine. What God desires is true worshippers who worship and praise in spirit and in truth. When we have a reconnection between the few inches of our mouths to our hearts, that makes all the difference in the world.
|PS: Nobody likes a potty mouth.|