Psalm 15:1-2 Who Can Dwell With God?

Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain? The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart, Psalm 15:1-2

David asks the question of who can dwell or live where God lives. Throughout this psalm, David lists different things that is required of the person who lives where God is. The first part sums it up in that the person must be blameless, and righteous. The rest of the verses give direct examples of what that means.

All over the world there are people who are asking this same question that David asked. They want to know how they can live where God lives, how they can dwell in His presence. Depending on which belief the person is a part of will determine how they can be in their god’s presence. The only people who do not ask that question, are those who do not believe in any type of god at all.

Any believer who asks these questions, must first realize that every person is guilty of sin, and cannot be considered blameless or righteous. This creates a problem for every person on this earth. In yourself, you cannot dwell in God’s presence. God cannot allow sin in His presence and you are full of sin.

God knew this and had a plan before He even created the first man, Adam. This was the reason He sent His Son Jesus to this earth. Jesus had become sin so that you might become the righteousness of God. Jesus was righteous before God so that you may be righteous before God.

Jesus died and rose again, in order to take away your sin. He is willing to remove your sin so that you could stand boldly before God.

All that you must do is repent of your sins before God, and believe that Jesus did, in fact, die on the cross, rise again and will remove all of your sins. You must believe that Jesus did these things so that you may dwell in God’s place for all eternity.

Do you believe these things?

Or are you still searching for a way to be in God’s presence or to get into heaven?

I pray today that you will know what Jesus has done for you; that you will trust Jesus death and resurrection; that you will repent of all your sins; and that you will believe in the righteousness Jesus has provided for you.

 

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Psalm 14:3 No One Does Good

All have turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one. Psalm 14:3

Again, David is crying out to God about the corruption of the people. As he looks around, He does not see anyone serving God or doing any good. The world had become corrupt and full of sin.

Times have not changed since David was on alive several thousand years ago. Everywhere a person looks, it appears as though a sinful lifestyle is the way to live. Sin is promoted in every way imaginable.

The challenge for believers is to also realize that sin is at work in their own personal lives. No one is really any different from any other person. There are some in the church who look at certain sinful lifestyles and call those sins ‘greater’ sins than others. Or they will condemn those living in those ways, while, they, themselves are living in a sin.

It is easy for people to forget that taking a pen at work that is not theirs, or gossiping, or breaking a promise are all sins. Those sins are no different from the sin of a person who just murdered someone, or practices witchcraft, or lives in an alternate lifestyle.

The reality of it all is as David said and Paul repeated, several thousand years later: everyone has sinned and do not do any good. Everyone continues to sin against God.

The real difference between the world and a believer, is that the believer has been forgiven and is striving to live for God. You must be trying to live for God, despite all of your faults and failures.

As a believer, you must always be becoming a little more like Jesus in your life. You must work to do the right and good thing all the time. If you stay the same, you never change. If you never change, you are just like the world.

Do not be like the world. And do not just sit and condemn the world as though you are better than them. Be the one who will be a witness of who Jesus is and what He has done in your life. Show His great love to those in this world.

Today I pray that you will know the forgiveness Jesus offers you; that you will see all sin as sin against God; that you will turn from every sin in your life; and that you will tell others of what Jesus  has done for them.

Psalm 13:5-6 Just Keep Singing

But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing the LORD’s praise, for he has been good to me. Psalm 13:5-6

David started this psalm out crying out to God, feeling alone and that God had completely forgotten him. He felt that the enemy was winning the battle and that God did not care about him anymore. As he cries out to God, David begins to refocus his eyes on God and His great love. He realizes all the good things that God has already done for him and begins to rejoice and sing Him praise.

The challenges and trials that people face can seem very overwhelming, as though they are huge, insurmountable mountains. Looking so large, they can cause most people to focus only on the mountain of problems, rather than on God.

As a person travels west through Colorado, the one thing that gets larger and larger is the Rocky Mountains. One can begin to see them nearly one-hundred miles away. Eventually when one gets to the edge of the mountains, they will begin to be all that one can see. As big as they are, God is the One who made those mountains, He is much larger. Although the Rocky Mountains can be a challenge to cross-over, they are also a great beauty to see.

When you begin to focus your eyes on God and realize how big He really is, you can then begin to remember all that He has done for you already. You realize His great love for you.

God has provided salvation for you by sending His Son Jesus to live and die on the cross. He rose Jesus from the dead so that you may live for eternity.

In the process of saving you, God has allowed various mountains to get in your way. They are there to build you more like Jesus. Instead of looking at the size of the mountain, look at the size of God and what He has already done for you.

Doing this will allow you to have a song of praise on your lips at all times. Give God praise for the wonderful things He has done and is doing in your life. Just keep singing praise to God.

I pray today that you will trust God’s love for you; that you will focus your eyes on God; that you will not fear the mountains in your path; and that you will always sing a song of praise to God.

Psalm 10:17 God Hears And Encourages

You, LORD, hear the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry, Psalm 10:17

David started off this Psalm wondering why God was standing a long ways off. He felt that he was all alone. By the time he gets to the end of the Psalm, David knows that God is listening to all who are going through trouble. God reaches down and encourages them and hears what they have to say.

Every person on this earth has had troubles and challenges in life. Some have greater challenges than others, but all have them. It does not matter whether the trouble one is going through is a terminal illness, or a temporary illness, a loss of a job, divorce, or someone being cruel physically or with words, troubles are everywhere.

As people go through hard times, many will cry out to God for help and relief. When they cry out to God and do not get instant results, many will wonder where God is or if He is even listening to them.

Throughout the entire Bible, one of the messages God repeats consistently is that He is with His people. He hears their cries. God told Joshua to be strong and courageous. A few thousand years later, Jesus told the disciples that He would always be with them.

Those lines have never changed. God is still with you to this day. He hears your every cry.

The way to be encouraged is looking back at how God has been with every believer. Read the entire Bible and see how God met the needs of many different people, of all walks of life.

Do not forget to read the end of the Bible in Revelation. In the end Jesus will return and take all of His children home to live in heaven for eternity.

If you continue to believe in God and serve Him, you will win in the end. It does not matter the troubles you are going through today. Be encouraged with the knowledge that God is with you and will win the battle.

The old hymnal song says, “it will be worth it all, when we see Jesus.” Be encouraged today, God is listening to your cries. You are not alone.

I pray today that you will know that God is listening to you; that you will know that you will win with God in the end; that God bring you relief from  your troubles; and that God will strengthen you through your troubles in this life.

Psalm 9:1 Giving And Telling

I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. Psalm 9:1

In this Psalm, David tells how God had pushed back his enemies. He is now giving God thanks for everything He has done. Not only is David giving thanks, he is going around telling every one of what God has done.

Parents teach children to say thank you to someone who has given them something. As adults, many people forget about that part of their early training. Some things are given just automatically and so people tend to not say thank you.

An example of that is when a person purchases an item in a store. When the cashier gives the change to the person that was due, many do not say thank you. It is often looked at as something that was required by the cashier and no thanks is needed. Although it is required, it is still polite to recognize the person.

God is giving people many things all the time. He is doing millions of good and wonderful deeds for each and every person, each and every moment. The air that is provided to breath is a good deed that God has done for each and every person. How many give thanks for it?

David was overflowing in his heart with thanks to God for what He had done. Then he went out and told everyone he knew about what God had done.

Today, take a moment to think about all the good things God has done in your life. This does not have to occur just on Thanksgiving Day. The list, if you really thing about it, will go on forever. Now start thanking God for those things. Then go out and start telling others what God has done.

As you tell others what God has done for you, it will encourage them in their walk with the Lord. It will also draw those in the world to want to know more about Jesus and this wonderful God you serve and talk about. You will be fulfilling the great commission that Jesus gave you and every other believer.

What are you thankful for today?

What are you telling other people?

I pray today that you will know what God has done for you; that you will give thanks for what God has done; that you will tell others what God has done; and that your heart will be filled with His joy.

Psalm 8:1 & 9 An Awesome Name

LORD, our LORD, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Psalm 8:1 & 9

David starts and ends this psalm with the same words. He is giving God praise for His wonderful name. In the middle of these two verses, David describes what God has done. God had made everything on and off the earth, and then placed man over it all.

A person’s character is what gives the person a name, beyond just the name given by his parents. People who do great things are talked very highly of and praised for the good words. Those who do wrong, and cut-down and given a bad name.

People tend to take the name of God very lightly. The world, and many believers, tend to use God’s name very flippantly, cursing or ridiculing His name. God is often called the ‘man upstairs,’ or just one of many gods. Some make promises using God’s name, with no intention of actually fulfilling the promise.

One has to stop and think about who God is. To think about everything that God has made, will just cause a person’s head to spin. Then to think that God has placed man over all of those things, makes it even more amazing.

The man who God has placed over these things, includes you. God’s love for you was so great that He made everything for you and put you in control of it. Do not forget that this was done while God knew that you would sin and walk away from Him. He knew that Adam would sin. He had already planned for Jesus to die on the cross to take away the sins of all men.

When you begin to think about all of this and what God has done for you, you will stand amazed. It is at this point that you will realize the truth in David’s words that God’s name is majestic! It is a name that is above all other names on this earth!

Jesus, who is God, lived as a human on this earth, suffered, and died for you. He did all this to give you life. What better works could God do to deserve a better name than that of Jesus, your Savior?

Sing the praise with David: LORD, our LORD, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

I pray today that you will see what God has done for you; that you will give God’s name praise; that you will not dishonor God’s name; and that you will always have a song of praise on your lips.

Psalm 7:1 Taking Refuge

LORD my God, I take refuge in you; save and deliver me from all who pursue me, Psalm 7:1

David was being pursued by men trying to capture and kill him. He called out to God to protect him from his enemies who were after him.

People are chased by enemies all the time. Some of these enemies are physical ones, out to do harm, as was in the case with David. Most are not physical enemies, but spiritual enemies that try to rob the soul of the abundant life God wanted each person to have.

These enemies come in the form of hunger, debt, greed, jealousy, suffering, pain, sickness, pride, and the list goes on forever. These are things that attempt to pull a person away from God. Most of these bring on a spirit of fear and will cripple a person in his walk with God.

As people are chased by these things, often they look to the world to protect them. Many live in fear because of these enemies. They seek a new leader in the government, government programs, doing good things, going to church, going to friends, and other ways.

There is nothing saying that some of these things are not good, but they are not the real protection a person needs. None of these will provide true rest and protection for very long.

As you are going through life, there will be enemies that pursue you. Do not live in fear of your enemies. Do not be like the world and go to the world’s ways for protection. Those ways are only temporary and will fall.

David took up his place of peace and safety in God. He trusted God and God alone to protect and save him from all his enemies.

Turn to God and take up your refuge in Him. Seek God on a daily basis, even hourly or every minute, for your protection. Cry out to God for His mercy to protect you.

God is there for you, not against you. He is the One who is in control of the entire universe. He made everything, so He can also protect you and give you the peace and rest you need from all of your enemies.

I pray today that you will find rest in God alone; that God will remove fear of any enemy in your life; that you God will strengthen you to not be overcome by any enemy; and that you will be His witness in this world.