Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Friday, July 17, 2020

Theme: THE ESSENCE OF WORSHIP

Text: “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.” – Ecclesiastes 5:1.

Comment: A worshipper who merely puts up attendance at services without paying  attention is making “the sacrifice of fools” because he will not learn or gain anything which he will use to build up his Christian life.  The Bible record says that the people of Berea were more noble than the people of Thessalonica, “in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so”. (Acts 17:11)  We need to pay attention at worship to make good our services to God.  Singing of songs, listening to the sermons, writing of quotations, reading same from the Bible, responding to the Minister’s questions etc. are various aspects of paying attention in service meetings.  So let us embrace the worship of God with the needed dedication, understanding and zeal, for our blessings now and eventual salvation by His grace.

 

God declared through Isaiah the prophet that He had no delight in the sacrifices of the Jews because their hands were not clean. How would their sacrifices be acceptable? It is when we follow the following command: “Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow…” – Isaiah 1:10-20.