(Pro 2:1 KJV) My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;
It is easy to say we want to “receive” (3947) the “words" (sayings NASB) (561) of God, it is another thing to really want them. This is the cry of God calling us to be actively involved in our spiritual growth. Most of us would not think of sitting down to dinner and just playing with the silverware. We would not take the dishes as they were handed to us and pass them on untouched. We would take and consume. We would receive. When we dished out some mashed potatoes, we would not just sit and look at them. We would not wait for them to crawl up our arm, force our mouth open and sneak down our throat. We would not expect them to be absorbed by osmosis through out skin. The whole idea is ridiculous.
Yet we seem to expect to get value from the things of God with no active seeking and taking on our part. How do you expect to get anything from worship is you don’t sing, read or listen? How do you expect to know what God says if you are not listening?