Who Can Worship?

This week I have read several articles and blog posts on worship. Worship is something that can be so very controversial.

How do we worship? When do we worship? What does “real” worship look like?

Is raising your hands appropriate? Should we sing hymns? Should we have a hip and in style worship band on our platform to lead the congregation into worship or a traditional church choir?


Yes, we could debate these questions, and many more all year long and still all leave with disillusions and hurt feelings.

But this morning as I did my daily Bible reading I found a whole new question that we might not be asking about worship.

Who may worship in your sanctuary, Lord?
Who may enter your presence on your holy hill? Psalm 15:1 NLT

Hmmm. Have you debated that question?

Not how, but who. (KJV says “abide” instead of worship, but when we enter the presence of God we are fellowshipping with God. We can’t worship God if we don’t have an intimate relationship with Him.)

Not who does, but who may.

Can’t anyone worship?

So, who does David say can worship?

He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart. He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour. In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the Lord. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not. He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved. Psalm 15:2-5 NLT

In order to worship, I must walk upright, walk in righteousness, speak the truth, not gossip, slander or criticize others, do nothing bad towards others, despise evil, give credit to those who fear the Lord, keep your promises no matter how much it hurts you,  loan money without expecting interest, and not take advantage of the poor.

If we can do all those things, we shall be allowed in the tent to worship forever. 


And we’re busy arguing about how we should worship.

Maybe we should spend more time reflecting on whether we as individuals are worthy to worship instead of worried about what corporate worships should look like.

Today, I’m praying that God will illuminate the sin in my life keeping me from being allowed into the tent to worship Him fully. 

photo credit: Joachim S. Müller via photopin cc


10 responses to this post.

  1. You are so right. Thank you for sharing this important message. Anita


  2. You hit the nail on the head. Thanks for sharing this important message with us. Anita


  3. YES. The focus should be on making ourselves worthy, not judging the worthiness of others.


  4. OOOOOHHH, so good! Gives me something to really take to prayer and reflection!


  5. Yes, yes, yes! The issue of how to worship seems almost besides the point, when you look at how so many “worshipers” behave when not in the house of G-d.


  6. Thank you so much for stopping in to read and comment! I had a very upset comment left on G+ from someone who thought this was awful and judgmental. I almost took it down until I came and saw the comments others had left here.

    Please drop in to chat again, Anita!


  7. Thank you so much for joining the conversation! Drop in to chat anytime!


  8. Ahhh, but it's less painful to look at others than it is myself. Or that's what we tell ourselves. I thought this Psalm was very timely in the conversations I've been involved in. Thanks for dropping in to add your voice to the conversation today!!!


  9. I almost deleted this one after someone on G+ got upset by the content. In hindsight, I think it wasn't my words, but conviction. Sometimes taking a look at our own hearts is a painful process.

    Thanks for dropping in today!


  10. Ohhhh! I think I could write a book, although it would probably be judgmental, on THAT topic, Lynda! Always amazed at how personalities change based on the location. What ya see see is what ya get with me!


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