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. 

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