A quote from John MacArthur on the heart of worship:
Worship begins with an attitude. It is the inner heart of adoring praise that is the essence of real worship. External worship, shallow superficial observance is intolerable to God. Isaiah 29:13 says, "This people draw near Me with their mouth and with their lips they do honor Me, but every move of their heart far from Me." That is a dishonor to God. Jesus said God is a spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth. It has to rise from deep inside.~John MacArthur (Mary's Praise - 3/28/1999)
The true worshiper is the one whose heart is devoted to adoring God with total sincerity, the one who deep down has profound gratitude to God. And that's where it has to come from, not on the surface. It cannot be shallow. It cannot be in any sense superficial. That is frankly intolerable to God. It has to come from deep inside the soul and spirit. As it were, untouched by circumstances, it rises because of what we know to be true about our God and His great work.
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