‘Don’t be a foolish worshipper.’
Text: Ecclesiastes 5:1-7
The Big Idea: To urge us to worship God, in his house, with reverence.
Why do you come to church?
Though the number of people who attend church for the sake of tradition continues to decline, there are still those who attend because that’s what they or their family have always done.
Others come to church to be entertained. They are hoping the band hits their stride and maybe the preacher won’t preach too long and will have a couple of funny stories to tell. After all everyone likes a good music and a good laugh.
Others come out of a sense of duty. They know they should be in church, they know others will be disappointed if they are not in church, so attending church for this particular group of people is not a joyful experience, but similar to taking the garbage out because they know it’s something that they ought to do and therefore they fulfill their duty.
What attitude did you come to church with? The Preacher makes it clear in out text that when we come to church we should always be prepared to give God our best!
A right heart attitude begins with the fear of God. The Preacher writes in this text to help us to take God seriously in our worship.
We should worship God in his house with reverence. Reverence for God will cause us to guard our steps when we go to the house of God. Reverence for God will cause us to draw near to listen rather than to blabber like fools. Reverence for God will cause us not to be rash with our mouth. Reverence for God will cause us not to delay fulfilling any promises we have made to God. Reverence for God will cause us not to come up with lame excuses for not fulfilling our promises. In short, reverence for God will make our worship truly awesome.
Someone has written this paraphrase of these verses, it reads like this:
“How brazen and dishonest people are with their religion. They will go as far with it as suits their needs; so they attend the services and sing the hymns, and when they have to, give a little money to the Lord. But do they live as one should do who’s made a vow to God? Don’t kid yourself. Among their friends their faith is on the shelf. . . . Remember, God knows everything. He knows our hearts when we before him bring our worship, and you can’t fool him. So take a good look at yourself before you make your next appearance before the Lord. And go to listen, not to speak, for he will know just what you need. Why, any fool can spout a lovely prayer or sing a hymn about his faith. His words are mindless, like a dream, although to people looking on they seem impressive. Not to God. . . .For words are cheap, just like the dreams you have while you’re asleep. God wants your heart, my son, not just a show. Get right with him before you to him go.”
Are you giving your best for the Lord? What changes do you need so that you can be giving your best and not be a foolish worshipper?