Exalt the LORD our God And worship at His holy hill, For holy is the LORD our God. Psalms 99:9
This morning I was challenged in the word about worship. Who can enter into worship? How am I to enter? Do I prepare my heart to enter into His presence. I am not just talking about being prepared on a Sunday morning, but a daily preparedness to live a life of worship to my God.
Psalms 15 begins in verse one with two questions “Who may worship in your sanctuary, LORD? Who may enter your presence on your holy hill?”
The rest of the chapter gives me the answers and give me a clear picture of how I should be prepared for worship. I think it gives me a good measuring stick as to where my heart is before I enter into a true worship of my Holy God.
Verses 2-5 tells me that when my heart seeks to 1) be blameless 2)do what is right 3)speak truth 4) not slander 5)be kind to my neighbor 6) not speak evil of my friends 7)despise persistent sinners 8)honor the family of God 9)keep my promises even if it hurts 10)be honest in financial dealings.
THEN I will stand firm. Then I will be able to enter into worship with a heart that is ready.
Romans 12 reminds me that I am “to present my body as a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God…”
This is daily worship. To live a life that seeks to be holy, to do what is right. To live a life that seeks to be good, acceptable and perfect, not following after the things of the world.
So I ask myself, “Am I preparing my heart for worship? Do I live a LIFE of holy sacrifice?”
This isn’t just about a Sunday worship service, this is about a life that lives to worship God. But at the same time I must also ask myself is my heart prepared for “corporate” worship? Or maybe the better question to ask is, “Have I lived a life all week of personal worship? A worship that just overflows into corporate worship?”
"God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." John 4:24