Devotions: Micah

A devotion based on Micah 6:8.

Micah 6:8 is one of the most well known passages in the minor prophets. However, the meaning of the verse really requires an understanding of the context. Before this verse, Micah offers a number of ritualistic forms of worship as a way of pleasing God. Many of these things sound very pious and yet God is not looking for them. What God wants is justice, kindness and humility. Strangely, two of three commands are about relationships with people rather than God.

There is nothing wrong with rituals, ceremonies and liturgies. Jesus participated in these things himself. Yet these things mean nothing without the more important foundation. Worship can easily become empty and hollow. The cure is undergirding all worship with justice, kindness and a humble with walk God. When these things disappear, that is when we know that true worship has drifted into idolatry.

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