How should we approach the house of the Lord as we come to worship?
Solomon offered these words of wisdom in Ecclesiastes 5:1-2:
“Guard your steps as you go to the house of God and draw near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools; for they do not know they are doing evil. 2 Do not be hasty in word or impulsive in thought to bring up a matter in the presence of God. For God is in heaven and you are on the earth; therefore let your words be few.”
While Solomon goes on to explain that he was referring specifically to making a vow to the Lord, his words are still applicable for our approach to worship today—on our way to church, in our communities and in the sanctuary.
It seems as if we’ve lost the idea of why we go to church in the first place.
We know that we need to assemble together. We know that God wants to spend time with us as evidenced in all the festivals He created for His people in the Old Testament. Many of these festivals were relational and celebratory, focusing both on the people and on God, but some were JUST for God.
It’s this JUST for God that we’ve forgotten.
We tend to want the focus to be on us when we go to church. We want to be fed. We want to be served. We want, we want, we want!!! Most of the time worship service is directed toward man and very little toward God.
We talk too much about too many things that don’t have anything to do with worshipping God. The other things aren’t without merit. They just don’t belong in the worship service.
Wonder what would happen if we took Solomon’s advice and let our words be few when we go to church. What if we spent more time listening to God than talking?
What if the few words we used focused on God as they did in Revelation 4 when the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures worshipped before the throne?
“HOLY, HOLY, HOLY is THE LORD GOD, THE ALMIGHTY, WHO WAS AND WHO IS AND WHO IS TO COME… Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.” (Revelation 4:8, 11.)
How much more might these words please God? Do we really need to say any more than that when we are in the presence of God?