Outside Praise

Psalm 84:8-12, James 2:14–26, Romans 12:1–8

Depending on your preferred translation of the , Psalm 84:10 may or may not speak about standing at the threshold of . In a previous , we connected this to our Welcome Team, as those who were the tranion between the outside and the inside of the building. Doorkeepers were security, and they could also be welcomers and announcers (of who enters). However, sometimes the person “at the door” never enters the ual House of to worship.

From a symbolic standpoint, some people are at “”, but didn’t enter into the courts of/to worship. They may g the songs and they may listen to the message, but they may never worship. What people “do” in does imp their ability to worship. The “do” is important. In older s (now often ed “high ”), the gathered body participated in the liturgy. Nowadays, we have this particular concept of “liturgy,” and it’s incomplete. The origin definition of liturgy is “work of the people.” Now liturgy has been siloed to a specific form of worship (even while every has a liturgy, by definition).

The concept of “work of the people” is also often lost. When you worship with song or by listening to the sermon, you are doing “the work” of the . However, the work of the is not just worship and listening and ing. The work of the is also doing the . In f, the true work of the (i.e., true liturgy) is only complete when it includes what happens outside the walls.

Perhaps, a better way of thinking of the courts of praise is to turn the inside out; what was once the outside is now the courts of praise.

1) How would thinking of the world outside of the as the courts of praise affect how you entered and intered with the world?

2) How could worship be outside of the , especially as the world appears to be less poive toward Christianity?

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.