"Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear..."
"He here sends us to the house of God, to the place of public worship....religious exercises are not vain things, but, if we mismanage them, they become vain to us. And therefore....
We must address ourselves to them with all possible seriousness and care: "Keep thy foot, not keep it back from the house of God ), nor go slowly thither, as one unwilling to draw nigh to God, but look well to thy goings, ponder the path of thy feet, lest thou take a false step. Address thyself to the worship of God with a solemn pause, and take time to compose thyself for it...Keep thy thoughts from roving and wandering from the work; keep thy affections from running out towards wrong objects, for in the business of God's house there is work enough for the whole man, and all too little to be employed."
We must come to God's house with hearts disposed to know and do our duty. We must be ready to hear, that is,We must diligently attend to the word of God read and preached.... Hearing is often put for obeying, and that is it that is better than sacrifice, We come in a right frame to holy duties when we come with this upon our heart, Speak, Lord, for thy servant hears.
We must be very cautious and considerate in all our approaches and addresses to God: Be not rash with thy mouth, in making prayers, or protestations, or promises; let not thy heart be hasty to utter any thing before God. When we are in the house of God, in solemn assemblies for religious worship, we are in a special manner before God and in his presence, there where he has promised to meet his people, where his eye is upon us and ours ought to be unto him.
We have something to say, something to utter before God, when we draw nigh to him in holy duties; he is one with whom we have to do, with whom we have business of vast importance. If we come without an errand, we shall go away without any advantage. What we utter before God must come from the heart, and therefore we must not be rash with our mouth, never let our tongue outrun our thoughts in our devotions; the words of our mouth, must always be the product of the meditation of our hearts. Thoughts are words to God....Let us speak to God, and of him, in his own words, words which the scripture teaches; and let our words, words of our own invention, be few, lest, not speaking by rule, we speak amiss."
(some thoughts from my Matthew Henry reading on Ecclesiastes 5 that I thought would be helpful in preparing for the Lord's day tomorrow.)