Monday, January 17, 2011

Passionate Worship part 2

This is a hymn celebrating the ideal worshipper of God. My last post focused on the external aspects of passionate worship. In Psalm 15: 1-5, the psalmist attends to the internal, unseen condition of the worshipper's heart. 
Be careful: even if worship is organized, creative and full of passionate emotions, but lacks purity of heart before God, worship amounts to nothing. God works from the inside-out; who we are is more important than what we do. 
The central question for all who worship is not what, or how, but who: who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell in your holy hill? The answers are given in Psalm 15: 2-5: 
  • The one who walks blamelessly and speaks the truth
  • Who does not speak ill of his neighbor
  • Who despises evil but celebrates what is good
  • Who lives with integrity and does not change based on circumstances
  • Who uses money wisely and does not extort the poor.
  • The one who does these things shall never be moved
How sad that many of the worship wars going on in churches are based on superficial matters like music, singing or not singing the Gloria Patri, organ vs. guitar, hymns vs. praise songs, and other personal preferences. 
I have never heard of a congregation evaluating its worship based on the parameters of Psalm 15: 1-5. 
I wonder why?
Read through the Bible in 2011
Psalm 15: 1-5
Genesis 16: 1-15
I Chronicles 16: 4-43
Luke 9: 51-10:24