1. Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God and be more ready to hear than to give the sacrifice of fools; for they consider not that they do evil.
2. Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God; for God is in heaven and thou upon earth; therefore let thy words be few.
Now here we see that we must utter nothing before God that does not come from a sincere and pure heart. We must not be rash with our mouth. We must let our words be a true resemblance to our heart's condition otherwise we speak insincerely, falsely and foolishly.
The words of our mouth must always be the product of the meditation of our hearts. God knows our thoughts. He knows our hearts. He ponders our hearts.
So often religious people give good lip service to God. They speak swelling words. They send forth prayers and praise to Almighty God and yet their hearts are far from him. In fact God says they (Israel)the professing people of God, honor me with their lips but their hearts are far from me.
Our lips are to labor to speak truth but this labor is lost if the words are not coming from a sincere heart- a heart that is truly in tune with God. And some people pray in such a way so as to impress others. Their words are humorous to the ear but God will not hearken to flattery.
When we speak to God we must speak our words sparringly. Words lose their value when they are superfluous and in abundance. Just as money that is in abundance becomes less valued than when it is scarce so our words become less valued when there is a multitude of words in our speech.
We must deliberate and consider when we speak to God. He is not a man who takes delight in our witty sayings and humorous jokes. He is not impressed with our outward appearance. In deed he is not like a man who is moved or flattered by our visible presence, our smiles, our height, strength or any thing that concerns our body. You see God is a Spirit and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth
As a Spirit God is most concerned with our spirit- with our heart's condition. When we come to the house of God, therefore, we must be very cautious. When we come in to the solemn assembly of the saints we must not be hasty to utter any thing. BE MORE QUICK TO LISTEN!
It has been said that God has given us two ears and one mouth so we can listen twice as much as we speak. Makes good sense doesn't?
How can we learn when we're talking? We can't learn when we're talking if the preacher is preaching. We must listen to the preacher's words as the words coming from God himself.
When the Spirit of God moves upon the preacher to give wise counsel to the congregation we are to heed it and not just hear it but to be moved to act upon it, to apply it to our lives that we might be better. Of better service to God and our fellow man. Otherwise the sermon is of no constructive value. If it serves to just tickle our ears then we'd be better served at a comedy club and not a church worship service.
Carlton Pruitt ministers the gospel to the Los Angeles area. Formerly a Hollywood actor (SAG member)and junk removal expert he now spends most of his time studying the scriptures, writing articles, hymns and poems and doing street preaching. See his videos on www.YouTube.com. Type in LAStreetPreacher in the search bar. CONTACT at Carlton2061@gmail.com