A Reminder for the Talkative and the Tight-lipped

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For our exhortation to worship this morning consider the counsel offered us in Ecclesiastes 5:2, which says –

Do not be rash with your mouth,
And let not your heart utter anything hastily before God.
For God is in heaven, and you on earth;
Therefore let your words be few.

This verse is not just a warning for talkative people. The Preacher’s words remind us all that there is a great divide between us and the God who is. He is Creator, while we are creatures. He is Spirit, while we are flesh. He is holy, while we are corrupt. This means that we must think rightly about who God is and who we are. We must remember that God is God, and we must restrain our tongues, lest we be guilty of presumption and highhandedness. These are fearful words of warning for us.

But according to the Bible there is wonderful news. The Holy God who is in heaven has come to join us in our humanity through His Son, who took on human flesh. And the Lord Jesus lived and died and rose again in human flesh and ascended in that human flesh into heaven. So because of Christ there is a union of God with man, of heaven with earth, of spirit and flesh. So we who are in Christ are then, by grace, ushered into heaven into God’s very presence. This is what is happening now in our worship as we draw near to Zion and appear in the heavenly temple courts of our great God by the Holy Spirit.

So while we should remember that we are but dust and that God is God, and we should indeed keep our words few in the presence of this great God so that we will not be rash in His presence, we should remember that God has drawn near to us. We are freely accepted in the Beloved. He welcomes our prayers and hears our words. The God who is the Great I AM is our Father, and He delights in us, His covenant people. He delights to receive us and our cries of “Abba Father,” however halting or however inarticulate those prayers may be.

So I exhort you to draw near to this God. Let your words be choice words, but let your words be confidently and lovingly spoken. God hears and is near by the grace of His Son and through the power of His Spirit.

Let us worship the Lord.

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