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.
8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me or seen in me-put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
When we consider the greatness and the majesty of God, we are overwhelmed in awe. How can any being be so wise as to develop all that exists in their mind with all of the intricate inter-workings of each part? Just imagine trying to design the human body and how each part has its function but is related to all other parts at the same time. Multiply that an infinite number of times and then just say the word it all comes into being – that is God in a small part of his wisdom and power.
As we fill our minds with all that is true, noble, right pure, lovely and worthy of praise, we are thinking about God. He is holy so we are to be holy. God is love so we are to love. He is merciful so we practice compassion and mercy.
It is when we are filling our hearts and lives with Jesus Christ that we find real peace and happiness. The world would want us to believe that it comes from the accumulation of things, wealth, power or pleasure. Nothing gives peace of mind more than knowing that Jesus is our Savior and that our relationship with God is what it should be. Based on our faith in Jesus as the Son of God, we have been washed in his blood so that our sins are forgiven and we have become a new person in him. He became sin for us so that we can be counted righteous in him.
Heavenly Father I am so thankful for your wisdom, your power and your majesty. Thank you for loving me in ways that are beyond my ability to comprehend. With gratitude I come before you, knowing that all I have and all I am is from you and is by your grace. Thank you for the opportunity to know so many others who love you and who seek to serve you – and in so doing encourage me to be more like you. Thank you for love – for your love in me and my ability to love you and to love others around me. You alone are God! I pray in the name of Jesus.