This morning I was preparing for our youth church’s worship set list for the following night. Just going over it in my head, I was thinking of the transitions and how the journey of the night is going to look. Not to give away the list completely, we are singing songs entitled “You Are Good”. Yes, songs! (that means more than one) I began to think of the posture of worship that would take place. Arms raised? Facedown? Shouts of praise and victory? A beautiful voice singing? Clapping? Dancing?
With the contemplation came God’s soft voice, “Your outward posture means nothing if your heart’s posture is not correct.”
My mind raced quickly to Isaiah 29, where God spoke saying, “These people come near to me with their mouths and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me (NIV).” Their posture was an outward expression, but the inward man did not match the outward expression.
You could do all the right, acceptable, outward expressions of worship like clapping, singing, raising your hands, dancing; but if your heart is not fixed on God, if your heart is not relinquished to Him, then your posture is wrong.
God continued in Isaiah 30:15, “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.” Find yourself in constant repentance. Rest in Him, trust Him knowing that He has your best interest at heart. Overall find yourself overwhelmed with him in your heart.
What is heart posture NOW? What do you want your heart posture to BE?