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Watchful of our Words January 16, 2007

Posted by larrylaz in Scripture Meditation.
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Well, it was nice to get on the computer and see that someone had finally responded to the post I made yesterday regarding the need to reflect seriously on the words that we sing in worship songs.  If you haven’t read that one, I would really value some more feedback to see what others are thinking.

Though it was not made a comment, I did speak with someone yesterday who also said that my post had struck a cord with them.  This person was reminded of some verses from Ecclesiastes which I thought I would post here:

“1Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. To draw near to listen is better than to offer the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they are doing evil. 2Be 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. Therefore let your words be few…6Let not your mouth lead you into sin, and do not say before the messenger that it was a mistake. Why should God be angry at your voice and destroy the work of your hands?”  (Ecclesiastes 5:1-7)

These words seem to indicate that we ought to take great care in the way we approach God in worship, and to be diligent in making sure that we are not rash with our words.  The tongue is, as James said, set on fire by hell.  Let us not use our lips to make promises to God that we can’t keep.  Certainly we ought to beg and plead with God to do a work in our hearts so that these expressions of unhindered worship would be true of us.  But if they are not true, then it seems to me that it is an insult to God to stand before Him and sing them as if they were.

Still looking for some feedback from everyone!

Larry

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