David Santistevan is a Worship Pastor at Allison Park Church in Pittsburgh, PA. He has written a blog post on the qualities of great musicians. He has some great thoughts! Do you agree with him? What would you add or subtract?
I want to be a good musician, but even more important to me is to be an excellent worshiper. I desire to be a worshiper first, and a musician second. So here is my list of 3 important qualities of a great worshiper.
The pastor’s message on Sunday was a great reminder that we need to be in scripture every day. It shapes our thinking and outlook on the world. We cannot worship whom we do not know. Check out these daily reading plans
A great worshipper spends time with God in prayer. What a gift God has given in prayer! We get to speak directly to and commune with God in prayer. World Vision put out this video with 8 ideas to improve your prayer life.
Trust that Jesus has made you acceptable
In verses 3-4 of this Psalm, David uses the language of worship in stating who is qualified to worship. “Who may climb the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in His holy place?” He then gives an example that none of us can measure up to. Pure hands and hearts, no idols, no lies. Well, I don’t know about you but on the surface that leaves me out. But is that correct?
The writer of the book of Hebrews gives us an astonishing reality concerning this.
Hebrews 10:19-22 19 And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. 20 By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. 21 And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, 22 let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.
Notice that it says in verse 21 “fully trusting Him.” When I worship, I am trusting Him that I am acceptable and that my worship of Him is acceptable. Just like the leper in Matthew 8, even though I know that I am unclean, I am trusting that not only will He make me clean, but he will not reject what I am offering.
This means that whether I am singing “The Old Rugged Cross”, “Come, Now Is The Time To Worship”, or “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.” if I am trusting Him to make my worship acceptable, then it is acceptable. It means that if we sing verses 1,3 and 5, or repeat I love you Lord 100 times if I am trusting Him to make it acceptable, then it is acceptable.
We can climb the mountain of the Lord. We can enter the Holy place. Jesus paid the price. Can I get an Amen?
If you’re a musician, singer or interested in worship, leave a comment or share your thoughts in the comments. Is there any other topic you’d like to learn? We’d love to hear from you.