A veteran worship leader gives this advice to churchgoers: If a musician falters, remember the Holy Spirit purifies all worship before it reaches God the Father. If the music does not satisfy you, it may satisfy others. If the sermon seems boring, it is still the best news we’ll ever hear. If a worship service fails to give you an emotional high, it could give you an idea to chew on or a task to perform. Worship should give us glimpses of God—His majesty, love, wisdom, and power. We respond to God by confessing our sins, adoring His greatness, giving our offering, and yielding to Him. The author of Psalm 15 asks a critical question of those who anticipate worshiping: “Who may worship in your sanctuary, LORD? Who may enter your presence on your holy hill?” God answers: “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.” Of course, no one is perfect when they worship God. That is why we are urged to examine our hearts, confess our sins, and claim God’s forgiveness based on the death of His Son Jesus. When we do this, we worship with clean hearts.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr. is the founder and chairman of UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.). Under his direction, UMI has grown to be a leading publisher of Christian education resources for churches in the African American community. Read More

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