“When you make a vow to God, do not delay in fulfilling it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow. It is better not to vow than to make a vow and not fulfill it. Do not let your mouth lead you into sin. And do not protest to the temple messenger, ‘‘My vow was a mistake.” Why should God be angry at what you say and destroy the work of your hands? Much dreaming and many words are meaningless. Therefore stand in awe of God." Ecclesiastes 5:4-7
Louis Goldberg comments that Ecclesiastes 5:1-7 comes as a kind of interlude in the book. After considering so many of life’s harsh realities, it’s as if Solomon wants to remind us that through genuine worship we can come into contact with the living God. But even here there are warnings. When you worship, listen first (1-3). If you make a vow to God, keep it (4-6). Stand in awe of God (7).
That leads me to share some good news and some bad news. The good news is, you can worship God anywhere. I agree with those who say you don’t have to go to church to worship God. That’s true, and lots of people who go to church don’t worship anyway. They come by force of habit or in order to see their friends. Worship is the last thing on their minds. You can worship anytime or anywhere as long as you catch a glimpse of God’s holiness. When you see God, you’ll worship no matter where you are.