Wednesday, August 26, 2015

enjoy the presence of God

People share all kinds of things with their pastor.  It is not always easy to hear or understand.  Pastor’s also have insight or learn about difficult situations that tear a part the lives of people we care so much about.

Literally we have seen the affects of sin and poor choices wreck lives, families and situations.  Still sitting in the vehicle with music playing I am overwhelmed with the grace of God.  He accepts me and others.  He forgives sin and offers grace.  There is no end to the stories and how those stories grab my heart.  They speak of second chances, strong finishes and renewed vision but begin with failure, pain are struggles.

It is time to turn to God.  Hear His voice.  Seek His face.  Enjoy His presence. 

Psalm 15  NLT
Who may worship in your sanctuary, Lord?  Who may enter your presence on your holy hill?  Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right, speaking the truth from sincere hearts.  Those who refuse to gossip or harm their neighbors or speak evil of their friends.  Those who despise flagrant sinners, and honor the faithful followers of the Lord, and keep their promises even when it hurts.  Those who lend money without charging interest, and who cannot be bribed to lie about the innocent.  Such people will stand firm forever.

Did you catch that last line?  These people will stand firm forever.  Those people who seek the Lord, those who accept His grace and those who point others to Him will be standing strong.

The points of this chapter remind us of His righteousness and how it transforms our lives.  Left to ourselves and our own ways we will hurt ourselves and others.  As we see our shortcomings and acknowledge our need for God we will receive His grace.

Being blameless is always right.  Seeing that our thoughts and words and example are turning constantly toward God.

Think of it this way: we are welcome in the presence of God.  Not only are we welcome there, but God is inviting us to enjoy time with Him.  Time with God changes our lives and those around us.  May that be the case.

May our time with God help us stand firm and proclaim His unending grace!

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