Lord, who can get close to you?
Who can know you?
The one who is free from sin and who always does right.
The one who speaks the truth and never uses their tongue to hurt.
The one who is there for the good of others.
The one who hates sin and the promoters of sin.
The one who keeps their promise even when it hurts.
The one who lends and doesn’t expect repayment.
The one who never accepts a bribe.
The one who never turns a blind-eye on injustice
This is the person who never fails.
This is the person who can approach you and know you.
But where is a person like this to be found?
And if they can’t be found, who can possibly know God?
Thank you God for Christ Jesus!
He is the truly human one.
He is the one who can approach God.
He is the one through whom God approached us.
With Jesus on our side we can have fellowship with God.
We are forgiven and given new life as Jesus continues to intercede on our behalf.
It is no longer I who live, but Christ Jesus who lives in me.
In Christ, I can dwell in God’s presence forever!
Devotion by Cora Goodyear:
A psalm of David
“Lord, who may dwell in your sanctuary?...” is the question David asks in v1. Then he answers the question in verses 2-5. He ends the psalm with the comment in v5 “…He who does theses things will never be shaken.”
Psalm 15:2-3 “He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart and has no slander on his tongue, who does his neighbour no wrong and casts no slur on his fellow man.”
David is asking God here what kind of man can live in God’s sanctuary. Or what kind of man will be one with God in this world and spend eternity with God in heaven.
One thing spoken of here in v3 is regarding our neighbours – not to do wrong to them. V2-3 also says we are not to say an untruth about them which damages their reputation, and not to insult or make any accusations against them which could damage their reputation.
This can be done so easily, perhaps just in general conversation with others. If someone is telling us something negative about someone else, it can be easy to agree with them. It can be easy to slip and say something else we personally know to be negative about that person or to repeat something negative that we have heard about them to others. Us- adding onto the damage perhaps already done by others.
Doing no wrong to our neighbour doesn’t mean that we are blind and do not recognize the negative attributes of others but just that we are personally careful not to be the ones who damage other people’s reputations.
Point: To do no wrong to one’s neighbour.