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–if we believe on the risen Jesus.
This possibility is a delightful demonstration of your great love, your glorious grace and your generous goodness. It is your pure and positive Character at work in the midst of a sinful, twisted and destructive world.
Psalm 14:2-4 “…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, and 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. You have imputed them to us and have made us qualified to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the Kingdom of light!
In considering our depraved natural condition, this is against all logic, all normal justice, all human reasoning and contrary to the heavenly expectations of angels.
This grace, giving us the opposite of what we deserve, is more than marvelous. It is the demonstration of your loving, lovely, lustrous Character at work in mysterious and majestic ways, moving us from hopelessness and despair to certainty and grace.
I praise you for the great and transforming truth of your total commitment to save all who are willing. Therefore we can trust you totally, rest in you fully and follow you wholeheartedly.
In the midst of all the turmoil of these days, with war, and terror, lawless governments, rejection of what is right, denigration of what is good and exaltation of what is evil—you, Lord Jesus, shine your wisdom, power and goodness into our lives. You connect and protect, you provide and guide, you carry us forward and we can trust in you.
May we honor you today by resting in your goodness, obeying in your power and living as carriers of light and hope to all around us. Praise you for what you will do today!