Day 29 of the Maning(less) Reading Plan
Ecclesiastes 5:1 – Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. To draw near to listen is better than to offer the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they are doing evil.
Solomon is now moving into something that should be dear to every believer’s heart and talk about how we approach God (worship). When Solomon says, “Guard your steps when you go to the house of God”, this could mean to pay attention to the direction of your feet. Wherever your feet are taking you, that will reveal what you are pursuing and worshiping.
Solomon is going to lay out 3 forms of worship in this chapter, but before he does, let us get a working definition of worship. Worship is not limited to music nor is it merely something we do on Sunday. Worship is an expression of adoration, but moreover it is every thing we do. Paul lays it out like this, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” (Romans 12:1 ESV) Paul is simply implying that how we live our lives is the bedrock of worship. Living a life of adoration and doing what you were called to do is essential to living a life of worship. Charles H. Spurgeon makes it plain for us, “God is to be praised with the voice, and the heart should go therewith in holy exultation”.
To go back to Solomon’s point, think about every decision and every thing you do today and ask if it is bringing worship to God. Every morning we should wake up and walk towards Jesus and ask him to direct the paths of our feet.
Are your feet taking you towards the things of God and leading you to a life filled of worship?