Ecclesiastes 5 has Solomon focused on worship. “Guard your steps when you go to the house of God”. Being in God’s presence is a big deal that we need to address carefully. I love what Maclaren says: “Fruitful and acceptable worship begins before it begins.” We need to prepare before we come into God’s presence. It is important that we remember who God is and put Him where He belongs as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. We need to be wise as we honor God and walk prudently when you go to the house of God. This isn’t some casual interaction. We will be in the presence of the King!
Worship is not about us. When we enter God’s presence, it isn’t to focus on what we want or need. “To draw near to listen is better than to offer the sacrifice of fools”. We tend to approach God with a list of things we want, almost demands we expect Him to deliver. That’s not how it works. We need to to pay attention and to obey, as that is what it really means to draw near and listen. We come into His presence to learn how to live and we leave that interaction with understanding and desire to go and obey!
“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”. Worship is not about us. When we come before God, our minds are full of our own needs and business rather than with the worship of God. That’s not acceptable worship. Our focus needs to be on God and who He is. Our lips should be full of adoration and praise. We need to keep it in perspective. God is in Heaven sitting on the throne as Creator of the entire universe, and we’re here on earth in desperate need of His blessing and goodness. So how is it we can think worship is about us?
Solomon reminds us again that life is not about money and stuff. “He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity”. We trade our hours to make money which will not satisfy. Even those who have it, will never feel like they have enough. We need to realize that our worth is not tied to what we have. It is based on who we are in God’s eyes, and He doesn’t measure us in dollars and cents. God’s measuring stick is our character and how we live in obedience to Him. That’s what we need to focus on!