I hate, I despise your religious feasts; I cannot stand your assemblies. Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them. Though you bring choice fellowship offerings, I will have no regard for them.
Away with the noise of your songs! I will not listen to the music of your harps. But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!
— Amos 5:21-24
Religion apart from obedience is abhorrent to the Lord. False worship doesn’t only consist of those who worship a false God; it also includes those who worship the one true God falsely. One of the most sobering thoughts is that we could be going to church twice a week, giving a tenth of our income and singing songs with lifted hands to Jesus, and He would despise every bit of it. How embarrassed and ashamed would so many of our churches be if they heard what God really thought about their assemblies and songs that they perform for Him.
God hates false worship. If your religion comprises of a bunch of outward rituals and traditions that make you look good on Sunday while you live in sin Monday through Saturday, then God will hate your worship and despise the songs you sing to Him.
Don’t think that any outward ritual or tradition performed will please the Lord apart from intimacy and obedience. Worship God with confidence, knowing that it is out of a pure heart and true devotion.
Heavenly Father, I pray that my worship would be a pleasing aroma to you, rather than a stench in your nostrils. I pray that my songs would be sweet to your ear, rather than an annoyance. True worship that is offered out of a pure heart can only be brought about by your Spirit working in me, and I pray that you would do that. In Jesus’ Name I pray, AMEN!