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Can We Stop?

June 14, 2011

We don’t use the phrase much anymore…and really, it’s probably just a change in the times and the way that we communicate in general.  But there was a time when the words, “Watch your step” had less to do with cracks in the pavement, and more to do with how we live.  It was a warning.  It carried with it the weight of some measure of repercussion.  Watch your step…there’s a response coming based on what you do next…there’s a result…there’s an answer…this matters.

 Take a moment and read through Ecclesiastes 5:1-7 today…maybe read it twice.

 This isn’t a threat.  This isn’t a “watch out or I’m going to get you” evil Disney character threat.  What we see in this text is a warning.  And listen…this is a warning that we all need to hear.  Because what the Preacher is talking about in this text is not frivolous spending, or saying bad words, or even how to treat your spouse…even though all of those things are things that we need to guard our steps in.  What he is talking about is worship.  And further, he isn’t talking about idolatry or the worship of created things and how that’s a bad thing…he is talking about, quite simply, the worship of God.  And listen…there’s a lesson in that.  What Solomon seems to understand so clearly, and the thing that we seem to mess up on so often, is that worship is only to be offered to God…period…end of discussion. 

 The warning is a call to understanding.  It’s a call to know Who it is that we make our offerings of praise to…to know Who it is that we offer thanksgiving…and to grasp the reality that the One to who we bow the knee is not just a creature, or an ideal that is worthy of acknowledgement.  He is a God that is there, present, engaged…and He cares what we have to say.  Do you ever stop and think about that?

 The God that we worship is worthy of worship.  In all truth, He is worthy of much greater praise than we could ever muster the strength to offer.  The Westminster divines remind us that our God is infinite, eternal, and unchangeable.  He doesn’t move and flex with every new idea.  He isn’t baffled by the new advances in technology and science.  He is the Creator…it’s what He does.  We’re told that He is, “In His being wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth.”  Those are who He is.  In these days, we get excited about a man who is honest most of the time, a man who displays wisdom among his peers is honored, and a man who doesn’t flat out neglect his children is considered a good father.  Our God…isn’t just a good father, or a smart guy, or someone you can trust…He is the fullness of each of them…always.

 Can we just stop and consider that?  Seriously…in Psalm 46:10, we are told, “Be still and know that I am God.”  Can you do that?  Can you stop…take a moment from your busy schedule…the appointments, the emails, the softball games, and the choir rehearsals…and be still, and know that our God…is God?  The rest of that verse says, “I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”  That’s a promise.  That’s going to happen.  Let our worship bring glory of our God…let us guard our steps to His house.  Let us honor Him.  Let us be His people.  Selah.

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