Proper Worship

“Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil. Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.” Ecclesiastes 5:1,2.

Proper worship of the wise involves listening, and listening intently. Proper worship of the wise is one that sets the affections (thy foot/order of life) in proper order before coming to the sanctuary of God. Worship is in shambles when we forget who God is by not listening to Him and living sinfully before Him.

God is not impressed with the word count of your prayer. In worship, we settle our minds to the truth of God, who He is, what He has done, and we keep our words in the manner of brevity (Matthew 6:7). What is in the heart of a creature when he or she utters a hasty thing before the Lord in heaven?

Proper worship is full of proper fear. Proper worship, in the mind and heart of a believer, leaves one undone according to his sins (Isaiah 6:5), and made new by the power of the Holy Spirit in Christ Jesus (Zechariah 3, Romans 13:14, Revelation 7:9-12), and our lips tremble uttering “Amen and amen.”

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