A psalm of David. Who may worship in your sanctuary, LORD?
Who may enter your presence on your holy hill? Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right, speaking the truth from sincere hearts. Those who refuse to gossip or harm their neighbors or speak evil of their friends. Those who despise flagrant sinners, and honor the faithful followers of the LORD, and keep their promises even when it hurts. Those who lend money without charging interest, and who cannot be bribed to lie about the innocent. Such people will stand firm forever. (Psalm 15, NLT) (emphasis mine)
This Psalm struck me because I had never really looked at it from the standpoint of the worshiper. I think sometimes we forget that God wants sincere worship from a sincere worshiper; and God knows the difference. His Word is very clear that He knows everything there is to know about us, but the amazing part is He loves us anyway. As David is now an old man, and his son, Solomon, had been chosen by God to be king, David admonished his son that God knows every imagination of the thoughts (I Chronicles 28:9). We couldn't hide a thought from God if we tried. The psalmist is sharing with us today who may enter His presence. It is a wake-up call and a challenge to all of us who consider ourselves worshipers. Does it mean worshipers are perfect people? No, of course not. But it does mean it is necessary that we guard our hearts, guard our thinking, and guard the words that come out of our mouths so there will be no holes in our worship experiences. Our public and private worship will move to new levels when we understand God's omniscience, in addition to His worth.