In Ecclesiastes 5:1-2, Solomon says,
“Guard your steps when you go to the house of God… Do not be rash with your mouth, and do not let your heart be quick to utter a word before God. For God is in heaven, and you are on earth; so let your words be few.”
Matthew Henry’s Commentary has an excellent summary of this passage. He says:
“Address thyself to the worship of God, and take time to compose thyself for it. Keep thy thoughts from roving and wandering: keep thy affections from running out toward wrong objects. We should avoid vain repetitions; copious prayers are not here condemned, but those that are unmeaning. How often our wandering thoughts render attendance on Divine ordinances little better than the sacrifice of fools! Hasty words, [and irreverent worship], show folly in the heart, low thoughts of God, and careless thoughts of our own souls.”
To fail to come to the place of worship (within our own hearts and also to the physical place of worship), with an attitude of reverence, and sobriety, and a yearning to glorify God, to praise Him, to encourage His people, and to learn from His Word, is to greatly dishonor our God and King, and to violate His purpose for our time of worship. We come to church to praise the living God, to fellowship with His people, and to learn from His Word. Let’s remember — consciously, intentionally remember — that the focus of everything is to be on Christ our Lord, on His grace, on His holiness, and all for His glory.