Saturday, October 22, 2011

Going to God's house....


 "Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear..."
Ecclesiastes 5:1

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"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." 


100_0219We 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.)






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"Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."
Isaiah 55:6,8-1