Far From Your Heart

Would it hurt to stay with Me one hour?
Can’t you stand to sing the last refrain?
You sit there staring at your watches
Don’t you know you’re causing Me more pain?

Did you really think I’d never notice?
That’s because you don’t believe I’m here
I sat beside you Sunday morning
And you never knew that I was near

I’m close to your lips
(when you’re cursing My name)
Far from your heart
(and you worship Me in vain)
Close to your lips
Far from your heart
Your heart

Twenty four times seven hours I give to you
And you act like one’s a sacrifice
You’re only going through the motions
But your heart is always somewhere else
That’s how you value what I’ve done for you
This is how you show Me that you care
Your empty words will perish with you
Because your heart was never there

I’m close to your lips
(when you’re cursing My name)
Far from your heart
(and you worship Me in vain)
Close to your lips
Far from your heart
Your heart

All I ever really wanted
All I ever really wanted

 

Words and Music by Karl Kohlhase
© 2003 karl kohlhase

Featured on "The Least Of These"

STORY BEHIND THIS SON...

(Read Matthew 15:7-9)
"You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophecy of you, saying, 'This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. But in vain do they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.'"

No more lip service. No more going through the motions. No more superficial spirituality. No more empty words that have no meaning in our hearts. God is calling His people to go deeper. He's calling us to examine our hearts and to give Him something real.

I remember once when I was a Freshman in Bible College. I heard all these seminarian types saying their long, flowing prayers. I wanted to pray like that. So I started to emulate them. My prayers got more long-winded and used more theologically impressive terminology, but I felt myself growing further from the Lord. I was drying up spiritually.

A real breakthrough happened one night when I got all alone in a prayer room and offered this simple–but real–prayer.

"Hi, God. It's me....Karl."

It was as though I had taken off a mask, and there I was in the presence of the Lord. From that one little prayer a relationship started to develop, and my soul started to learn the spiritual feast that is to be had when one is sincere, open and honest with his Maker.

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