The old hymns of the church say so much. One of my favorites says, “Take time to be holy, speak oft with thy Lord; abide in him always, and feed on his word.” In this context, the word “holy” means, “set apart for a sacred time.” It refers to quiet time in the presence of Jesus.

It is in these times of worship that we are transformed and recreated into the person He designed us to be. It takes discipline to set aside blocks of time to be still with Jesus. These times provide a nearness to God that strengthens our faith and fills us with peace.

“Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth” (Psalm 46:1).

The prophet Isaiah reminds us that true worship is not based on human rules and mere lip service; authentic worship involves drawing close to the Lord.

How is your quiet time with God? Do you talk more than you listen for His still, small voice? We are to honor Him with our hearts more than with our lips. Too often our worship is a one-way street of rapid supplication (Oh please Lord) rather than one of praise and thanksgiving. We should begin and end our day with true worship and trust God to fill in His will for our lives in between.

Lord help me to worship you with my heart rather than with just my lips. As I pray, help me to worship through your holy Word. Amen.

Go deeper — We have a whole series on learning to hear God’s voice.

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