Regretting Pretentious Worship

Part 7 on Ecclesiastes, A Book of Regrets reminds us of our role in worship.
Ecclesiastes 5:1-7

Ecclesiastes 5:1-7 NLT
As you enter the house of God, keep your ears open and your mouth shut. It is evil to make mindless offerings to God. Don’t make rash promises, and don’t be hasty in bringing matters before God. After all, God is in heaven, and you are here on earth. So let your words be few.  Too much activity gives you restless dreams; too many words make you a fool. When you make a promise to God, don’t delay in following through, for God takes no pleasure in fools. Keep all the promises you make to him. It is better to say nothing than to make a promise and not keep it. Don’t let your mouth make you sin. And don’t defend yourself by telling the Temple messenger that the promise you made was a mistake. That would make God angry, and he might wipe out everything you have achieved. Talk is cheap, like daydream

Solomon Observes their APPROACH TO GOD

Ecclesiastes 5:1a
Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God…

Ecclesiastes 5:1
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

Ecclesiastes 5:1
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

Solomon Observes their APPEAL TO GOD.

Ecclesiastes 5:2a-3
Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter anything before God: …therefore let thy words be few. For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool’s voice is known by multitude of words.

Ecclesiastes 5:2
Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter anything before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.

Ecclesiastes 5:3
For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool’s voice is known by multitude of words.

Solomon Observes their ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF GOD.

Ecclesiastes 5:3b
for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth:

Ecclesiastes 5:4
When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed. Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.

Ecclesiastes 5:6-7
Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say thou before the angel, that it was an error: wherefore should God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thine hands? For in the multitude of dreams and many words there are also divers vanities: but fear thou God.

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