The Psalms help us understand how to worship God. This week we will look at Psalms 101 (Preparation for worship), 100 (Worship through service), 99 (Worship through exaltation), and 98 (Worship through song).
Each of these Psalms build on each other.
Preparation for worship Psalm 101
“I will sing of mercy and judgment: unto thee, O Lord, will I sing.2 I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.3 I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.4 A froward heart shall depart from me: I will not know a wicked person.5 Whoso privily slandereth his neighbor, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.6 Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me.7 He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight.8 I will early destroy all the wicked of the land; that I may cut off all wicked doers from the city of the Lord.”
Worshiping the Lord requires a pure heart. A lifestyle of following after God. Obeying His word. When we sin, and we will, we repent of our sin, thank God that He has forgiven us, and move on.
God knows our hearts. He knows when our worship is sincere and when it’s not. So we need to keep short accounts with God. No unconfessed sin. No wickedness.
When our hearts are prepared, then we can serve the Lord. Psalm 100 will explain how.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001