Today’s Reading: Psalm 15
Most households have guidelines and expectations for what it means to live together; to dwell in relationship. Growing up as a child, I’m certain my parents held many round table discussions with us kids … and I can certainly remember conversations we had with our boys.
David in this short Psalm invites us into his conversation; the question and then personal answer for the expected behaviour for entering into, and being welcomed into God’s house. The prophet Habakkuk provides a summary that reflects the heart of this conversation in a simple (but complex) sentence about the purity of God.
‘Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrong.’ Habakkuk 1:13
In writing to the Hebrew Christians and all followers of Jesus, we read of the call for holy living; to ‘Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.’ Hebrews 12:14
It was only a matter of weeks ago we celebrated Easter, where once again we were reminded how the sacrifice of Christ going to the cross for all humankind, provides us with the ability, with great assurance, to enter into the dwelling place of God, and take up residency … dwell for eternity.
Gracious and loving Father, thank you that when you look on me, you don’t see the sin that smears me, but rather, you see the purity and heart of Jesus. Thank you that even as I struggle daily to maintain integrity in all of life, and graciousness in thought and conversation as listed in this Psalm, I can know for certain that it’s God’s love that holds me safe and secure … to dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Amen
‘He who does these things will never be shaken.’ Psalm 15:5b