In His Presence—Day 5
“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 while ridiculing the righteous.
Question: Why do we shun those who choose to walk in a way pleasing to the Lord’s?
Being in the presence of Lord’s holiness changes us and that change affects the company we keep.
We conclude this week’s devotional reflecting on this thought: To have a heart of authentic worship toward the Lord means a change in attitude toward others.
Imagine what the culture would be like if the millions of publically professing believers in Christ would devote themselves to the intimate worship of God in their private lives.
Remember, our coming before the Lord is not about checking off some spiritual checklist. Nor is it about doing everything right to be classified as a perfect example of piety.
What the Lord is looking for is that we are principled in nature. Those principles are demonstrated in how we treat others. It is not our clothes or the eloquence of our beautiful prayers—to come before the Lord boils down to what is really in our heart.
Until next week, God bless you.
Lord, thank you for allowing us into your presence. Today we pray that your presence would transform our lives, Amen.