Psalm 15:1 “LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill?”
[Praise be to you, Lord God, the High and Holy One, who invites us into your sanctuary, to live with you on your holy hill–through believing on the risen Jesus.
This possibility is a delightful demonstration of your deep delight in sharing your glorious grace and your generous goodness with us, offering us life and love even while we were still dead in sins. This is your pure and positive Character at work in the midst of a broken, twisted and destructive world.
Psalm 15:2-4 “…who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill?
–The one whose walk is BLAMELESS,
–who does what is RIGHTEOUS,
— who speaks the TRUTH from their heart;
–whose tongue utters NO SLANDER,
–who does NO WRONG to a neighbor,
–who CASTS NO SLUR on others;
–who despises a vile person
–but HONORS those who fear the LORD;
–who KEEPS AN OATH even when it hurts,
–and DOES NOT CHANGE their mind….”
Each of these conditions for living in close relationship with you, Lord, is unreachable for us in our own strength; our sinful flesh prevents this, even when our spirit is willing.
But, in the face of our inability, you, Lord God, in your rich and powerful, persistent and active agape love have, through the sacrifice of Christ Jesus, provided these qualities for all who believe. “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness” (2 Pet. 1:3).
Help us, Lord, to deny our natural self, take up our cross daily and follow you up this holy hill.