March 18, 2024


Isaiah 66:1-3 - Thus says the Lord: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool; what is the house that you would build for me, and what is the place of my rest? All these things my hand has made, and so all these things came to be, declares the Lord. But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.


In Isaiah 66:1-3, God reminds His people that the heavens are His throne and the earth is His footstool. Though humans may try to build grand temples for God, He is not contained or defined by any earthly structure. Rather, God looks with favor on the humble and contrite in spirit who tremble at His word. This passage emphasizes God's transcendence and that true worship is a matter of the heart more than outward rituals or buildings. Though we may be impressed by beautiful cathedrals, God is concerned with our humility, repentance, and reverence for Him.


This passage is a powerful reminder that God cannot be limited or controlled by human hands. Though we may pour immense resources into building ornate churches, what God truly desires is hearts that are tender and submitted before Him. He wants people who tremble with awe at His word. As Christians, it's easy for us to equate fancy services and buildings with genuine worship. We're impressed by talented musicians, comfortable seats, state-of-the-art sound systems, and the like. But while those things aren't necessarily bad, they are utterly meaningless if our hearts are far from God. Going through religious motions while harboring pride or refusing to obey God is an affront to Him. As Jesus said, God seeks those who will worship Him in spirit and truth (John 4:24). So let us examine our hearts today. Are we merely showing up on Sundays to sing a few songs while our hearts remain unchanged the rest of the week? God sees straight through to our motivations. He isn't fooled by outward appearances. May we become those who tremble in awe at His word, repenting deeply of sin and surrendering our whole lives to Him. The music fades, the crowds disperse, but a heart of contrition before God is precious in His sight.


Father God, forgive us for equating fancy services and buildings with genuine devotion to You. Remind us that You are looking at our hearts far more than our outward expressions. Give us hearts that are tender and submitted before You, hearts that tremble at Your word. Strip away any facade of religion or self-righteousness we may cling to. Help us worship You in spirit and truth, through the power of Your Spirit. In Jesus' name, amen.

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Bowing before the King With contrite heart I kneel In reverent awe

Bowing before the King
With contrite heart I kneel
In reverent awe

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