A Devotion Based on Mark 7:1-7

Few years ago, when I was still in Vancouver, I was in the middle of worship service and for some reason, my heart was so heavy that I couldn’t bring myself to sing the worship song. So I just totally stopped singing. I felt that if I sing that particular worship song, I would be lying to God. Everybody was singing loudly with their hands lifted up but I was wondering what was wrong with me instead.

All of sudden this verse Mark 7:7 popped up in my head during worship time. So I sat down and opened my bible to that verse. I sat down quietly until the worship finished. When the Pastor started preaching, she was saying the exact same thing that the verse was already telling me. She started talking about genuine worship and and how that genuine worship is about the attitude of our heart.

Unplanned, I came up to her and asked her if I can continue her preaching with what God shared with me at that time. We ended up co-preaching. We had a good altar call. Many people repented that day.

You see, like the Pharisees and other religious leaders back in Jesus time, it’s very easy for us to get caught up in tradition for tradition’s sake. We lift our hands when we sing because that’s what we do as Spirit-filled Christians. We sing out loud to prove to the person next to us that we know the songs very well because we go to church every Sunday. I don’t know about you but many times I catch myself doing things on Sunday mornings just because I know that’s what we’re expected to do in church. But what about our heart? Is it also worshipping along with the rest of our body?

It’s very easy to put up a façade – a mask. But if our heart is not in the right place, we better get it in the right place first. You don’t want to sing a love song to God when you don’t mean it: that’s literally just lips service!

We can fool people around us but we cannot fool God. In 1 Samuel 16:7, God clearly taught Samuel an important lesson that day in Betlehem. People see what is in the outside but God sees the heart. That is why God chose David over his brothers. God knew that David had the heart of a king even when he was still tending his flocks. So next time before you come to worship, check your heart. Remember, you cannot fool the one who can see through the mask.