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What Hurts the Heart of Jesus? Day 8

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Scripture: Matthew 15:7-9 You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you: “‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain ...’”

Devotional: As we continue to consider those things that hurt the heart of God, this week our devotions will center around shallow worship. Worship is simply showing reverence and adoration for God, and giving deference to Him in every area of our lives. 

God is quite specific about our worship of Him. We are commanded to not have any other gods but Him, nor to worship or bow down to any image of any other gods but Him. (Exodus 20:2-6)  Seems simple enough doesn’t it?  Generally speaking, we don’t live in an idol worshipping culture. 

But humanity has a problem.  That is, we easily default to “what’s the least I can do to get by?”.  And we do this in our worship of God, who is in fact, worthy of ALL our praise and adoration.  He is worthy of us centering our lives completely around Him.  But often, that’s not  the case.

This is nothing new, for even when God established the worship practices of His chosen people, they struggled with giving God the adoration and worship He was due.  They were worshipping God in vain as they did so with their lips, but not with their whole selves.  They were being two-faced and hypocritical. 

This week we will reflect on our own tendencies toward being shallow in our worship of Almighty God.  Be open and prayerful as you consider your own practices. 


  • What do you think Jesus meant when He said, “people honor me with their lips but their hearts are far from me.”?
  • Do you see any of this behavior in your own life? How can you bring integration (integrity) in the things you say, speak or sing and the motivations of your heart?