Daily Devotional: Psalms 15:1-5
1 LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill? 2 He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart 3 and has no slander on his tongue, who does his neighbor no wrong and casts no slur on his fellowman, 4 who despises a vile man but honors those who fear the LORD, who keeps his oath even when it hurts, 5 who lends his money without usury and does not accept a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things will never be shaken.
19 "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
The words in this latter passage are the concluding remarks of Jesus after he has warned them about six time that they had been told something by their teachers, but he was telling them something that was different. This was after he had said that their righteousness must exceed that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the Law who were being hypocrites by practicing things to be seen of men rather than to please God. In doing this they received all the reward they would get – they were seen and praised by those who saw their good deeds.
God knows those who are his. These are some of the most comforting words that the apostle Paul penned in all his writings. This is why he said to the Romans that God is the judge and he will take care of those who are wrong. Each of us will stand or fall before the Lord and he knows how to make us stand. It is also why we are told to not take vengeance for ourselves, but we are to leave room for the wrath of God. “Vengeance is mine, I will repay says the Lord.” Peter says that the Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials and to hold the unrighteous for the day of judgment. What a marvelous God we serve!
O Lord God, creator and sustainer of life and all of creation, I marvel as I observe your wonderful creation. As I observe the mighty storms or the crashing waves of the sea, I see your power demonstrated but I also know these are only small things to you. As I read of the complexity of the human body and as the research continues to understand it, I know you designed us all. As each of the heavenly bodies moves in its own course and with exact precision, this and all of creation cries out with design and a majestic God who brought it all into being. But God, what amazes me most is that in your power, your majesty and splendor, you know me and love me. Thank you Lord. In the name of Jesus I pray.