Far too often we allow our hearts to live like Pharisees; content to put on a show of love and affection for God that does not really exist. We feel obligated to perform out of fear of criticism and rejection from others, or even from God. Many times we perform to gain the admiration and respect of God and others. The modern remedy says to “suck it up” and do it whether you “feel” like it or not. But God is not impressed with how well we can perform, and our performance will never change us from the outside-in. “Doing the right thing” will never change our heart.
Praising God with eloquent lips will never give us affectionate hearts. Rather, trusting God by faith for all that he is and all that he has done for us in Jesus Christ will give us an affection for him that cannot be contained. A heart of love will erupt in a life of joy and words of praise to our great and good God.