Day 30 of the Meaning(less) Reading Plan
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. Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be few.
We come in to a corporate worship setting but we don’t offer animals to the Lord, because Jesus fulfilled all the sacrifices in His death on the cross. Besides, no one wants PETA to go crazy and annoy them. Now, as priests of God, we offer up spiritual sacrifices to Jesus and Solomon is going to tackle several forms of our worship: our words, good works, and money.
Before we talk about how we worship with our words, Solomon is going to give some advice that has become a lost art in our culture. When you begin to worship you need to LISTEN to what God is saying to you. (V. 1b) So, wherever your feet are taking you, listen to the voice of God for direction. Listening to people and to God’s voice has become a lost art in our culture because we tend to want to consume ourselves with distractions. When was the last time you took out your ear buds and asked God to speak to you? When was the last time you sat down with someone and did nothing but lend a listening ear?
According to some studies, people will speak on average of 15,000 words per day. That’s a lot of words and that puts a lot of things in perspective for me. How many of those words are devoted to God? How many of those words are devoted to encouraging people? How many of those words are for proclaiming the Gospel? It’s funny how we speak so eloquently when we give a speech or are trying to win someone’s affections over, yet there are a lot of flippant words before the creator of the cosmos.
Meaningless worship is when our words are used to tear down people and we use flippant words to God. Worship becomes meaningful when our words are life giving and when we are devoting time to speak with our heavenly father.
“We cannot all argue, but we can all pray; we cannot all be leaders, but we can all be pleaders; we cannot all be mighty in rhetoric, but we can all be prevalent in prayer.” – Charles H. Spurgeon