The Missing Theology of Ecclesiastes (5)


As we finish out our week-long look at the missing theology of Ecclesiastes, we’re going to consider God’s word and God’s way as the source of happiness in life.

Bible Reading

Psa 12:6-7 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. (7) Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.

Psa 19:7-11 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. (8) The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. (9) The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. (10) More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. (11) Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.

Psa 34:8 O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

Psa 36:5-9 Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds. (6) Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O LORD, thou preservest man and beast. (7) How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings. (8) They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures. (9) For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.

The God Who Has Spoken

From today’s reading, it’s obvious that David believed that God has spoken. David speaks of the purity and preservation of God’s Word. He lists many positive benefits that the God’s Word provides to those who read and heed it. David believed that God’s Word was more precious than gold. As we’ve mentioned, Solomon doesn’t refer specifically to any of God’s Word. He doesn’t quote it, speak of the benefits of it, or extol its many virtues.

God As the Source of Happiness

David knew that obeying God’s Word was a source of “great reward.” The God who had spoken was the source of abundant life. David knew Him as One who was merciful, righteous and faithful. He saw God as the source of life and light. Solomon, on the other hand, was still searching for what his father had already found.

God moved Solomon to record his futile search for meaning so that we wouldn’t go down that same dead-end road. Solomon ignored everything but his own personal experience, observations and meditations in his search for meaning. By neglecting the faith of his father and the Word of God, he wasted a lot of time and came to some pretty depressing conclusions.

What About You?

  • Are you stubbornly refusing to consider the wisdom of those who have gone before you as you search for meaning in life?
  • Are you neglecting God’s Word, the Bible, in your quest for truth and meaning?
  • Will you humble yourself and look to these sources of widsom?

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