Today’s Readings: Psalm 12-17; Psalm 19-21
Today’s specific post reading: Psalm 15
As we continue through our days of reading the Psalms of David I am amazed at how many ways that David writes and sings to praise the Lord. Sometimes the psalms are songs of praise dedicated to the Lord and sometimes they psalms are songs and prayers of desperation and hurt. But they are all songs to the Lord.
Today, we find a time when David uses the format of a song/psalm to teach a bit about our character. He takes the structure of verse to teach us how we should live.
Psalm 15 (NLT)
A psalm of David.
1 Who may worship in your sanctuary, Lord?
Who may enter your presence on your holy hill?
2 Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right,
speaking the truth from sincere hearts.
3 Those who refuse to gossip
or harm their neighbors
or speak evil of their friends.
4 Those who despise flagrant sinners,
and honor the faithful followers of the Lord,
and keep their promises even when it hurts.
5 Those who lend money without charging interest,
and who cannot be bribed to lie about the innocent.
Such people will stand firm forever.
How do we do in the list that David has created? Are we able to worship in the Lord’s sanctuary? Are we able to enter His presence on His holy hill?
- Do we live blameless lives and do what is right?
- Do we refuse to gossip?
- Do we speak the truth from sincere hearts?
- Do we refuse to gossip or harm neighbors or speak evil of our friends?
- Do we despise flagrant sinners?
- Do we honor the faithful followers of the Lord?
- Do we lend money without charging interest?
- Do we allow ourselves to be bribed to lie about the innocent?
Those are some lofty standards. I assume most of us fail right away at number 1. We all have something in our lives for which we can be blamed. We all have done wrong things. So how is that we can ever get to the point that we can enter the Lord’s sanctuary or be in His presence?
It is because Jesus makes it possible. We do not enter the Lord’s Sanctuary on our own account but on the account of all who have accepted the His grace and the power of His redeeming blood.
Romans 5:17 – 21 (TNIV)
17 For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!
18 Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all. 19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
20 The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, 21 so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Photo: From our trip to Wroclaw I believe it was St. Maria Magdalena.