In His Presence—Day 5

By on Mar 2, 2018 in In His Presence |

In His Presence—Day 5 Psalms 15 “O Lord, who may abide in Your tent? Who may dwell on Your holy hill? He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness, and speaks truth in his heart. He does not slander with his tongue, nor does evil to his neighbor, nor takes up a reproach against his friend; in whose eyes a reprobate is despised, but who honors those who fear the Lord; he swears to his own hurt and does not change; he does not put out his money at interest, nor does he take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things will never be shaken.” Although the psalmist has informed us how important it is to be careful about how we handle others; the writer still reminds us that we must not align ourselves with just anyone. Our world has reversed the roles of those who ought to be honored. The world in those days and in our modern society would glamorize the wicked...

In His Presence—day 4

By on Mar 1, 2018 in In His Presence |

In His Presence—day 4 Psalms 15 “He does not slander with his tongue, nor does evil to his neighbor, nor takes up a reproach against a friend.”  We begin today’s devotional meditating on this thought: Our worship and our relationships are connected directly. I once heard a man ask this question, “How can Christians worship God and not care for others?” I began to think more about that and reflected on I John 4:20, How can I love God who I have not seen and hate my brother who I see everyday.” It is natural to want to insulate our worship of God and keep it between God and us.  However, our devotional passage paints another picture, the Lord refuses to isolate his relationship with us from our relationship with our neighbor. I have read, “When the Lord extends an invitation for a person to enter the sacred space, He insists that we invite our...

In His Presence—Day 3

By on Feb 28, 2018 in In His Presence |

In His Presence—Day 3 Psalms 15 “He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness, and speaks truth in his heart.” We begin today’s devotional meditating on this thought: Grace does not replace what God expects from us, Grace makes it possible. I have often wondered if we abuse God’s grace and take him for granted. Grace is not a license to walk before him with a laissez-faire attitude, as in, we just show up without any intentional preparation on our part. Remember grace makes it possible for us to be in the Lord’s presence. After realizing that it was a privilege to come before the Lord, the psalmist turns his attention to both the nature and character of the one who desires to come before the Lord. “He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness, and speaks truth in his heart.” If we would notice, the writer does not speak of any...

In His Presence—Day 2

By on Feb 27, 2018 in In His Presence |

In His Presence—Day 2 Psalms 15 O Lord, who may abide in Your tent? Who may dwell on Your holy hill? He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness, and speaks truth in his heart. He does not slander with his tongue, nor does evil to his neighbor, nor takes up a reproach against his friend; in whose eyes a reprobate is despised, but who honors those who fear the Lord; he swears to his own hurt and does not change; he does not put out his money at interest, nor does he take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things will never be shaken.  Let us begin today’s devotional meditating with this thought: As we come into the intimate presence of the Lord, we are to do so in a most personal manner. Think about that for a moment, how often do we come into the Lord’s presence without any regard for the condition of our heart? Yes, we are encouraged to come as we...

In His Presence

By on Feb 26, 2018 in In His Presence |

In His Presence Psalms 15 “O Lord, who may abide in Your tent? Who may dwell on Your holy hill? He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness, and speaks truth in his heart. He does not slander with his tongue, nor does evil to his neighbor, nor takes up a reproach against his friend; in whose eyes a reprobate is despised, but who honors those who fear the Lord; he swears to his own hurt and does not change; he does not put out his money at interest, nor does he take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things will never be shaken.” There is an unavoidable tension that exists when we have a desire to be in the Lord’s presence but feel unworthy to be in his presence—especially when there is no desire in our hearts to change. What is really going on when we are content to be in the place that is symbolic of the Lord’s presence, however, there is no real desire to...