“And now, my children, listen to me:
happy are those who keep my ways.
Hear instruction and be wise,
and do not neglect it.
Happy is the one who listens to me,
watching daily at my gates,
waiting beside my doors.
For whoever finds me finds life
and obtains favor from the Lord;
but those who miss me injure themselves;
all who hate me love death.”
Wisdom has built her house,
she has hewn her seven pillars.
She has slaughtered her animals, she has mixed her wine,
she has also set her table.
She has sent out her servant-girls, she calls
from the highest places in the town,
“You that are simple, turn in here!”
To those without sense she says,
“Come, eat of my bread
and drink of the wine I have mixed.
Lay aside immaturity, and live,
and walk in the way of insight.”
Proverbs begins with a statement of truth: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
fools despise wisdom and instruction.” This fear, or awe and reverence is a significant part of what we all are commanded to do, so there is a sense that wisdom brings us to worship and worship brings us to true wisdom.
Wisdom brings us to worship. If we seek truth honestly and earnestly, we may first discover our limitations in understanding the world around us. The deeper we dig into even the simple things around us, the more mysteries and questions we discover… and God invites us to bring our wonder to worship.
Wait… what? Isn’t worship all about repeating doctrine statements in chants and in song and sitting through long explanations of what you are supposed to believe blindly? No, it really is not. You can come with your questions and pondering minds, hear real life accounts of the work of God from other Christians, and discover the long history of that wisdom passed down the ages in scripture. God offers real answers for you to consider carefully and thoughtfully. However, if you have already made your mind up about God and do not have honest questions and consideration, do not be surprised by a disappointment you have set yourself up for.
God not only brings us some, and I emphasize some of the answers we seek in life, He also asks us questions. A major part of growing in true wisdom is not just getting answers that sound good, it is refining our questions. We cannot find proper answers if we are not even asking the right questions. God helps us ask the right questions, and He often does that by reminding us of our own responsibility and part in life around us. Our actions, our words, our thoughts and feelings… they all matter and they do make a difference around us for good or for ill. Sometimes it is hard to see that when we are stuck in ourselves and cannot get an outside perspective. Coming into the presence of God and listening to His Spirit speak to us is one way that we can get a better, clearer, or at the very least different perspective.
Worship is not primarily about making us feel better. It is an act of aligning ourselves with the Creator of the universe so that we can actually be better. It is wise to worship and worship brings us true wisdom.