Today's devotion is based on Psalm 15:1, "Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain?"
In this verse, King David asks an essential question of God. He then goes on to list all who would be worthy of this privilege. In describing the character of a person who can live in God's presence, 'walks uprightly and does what is righteous,' he realizes that no one lives in such a manner. We, too, constantly fall short of this standard.
Thank God that we live in a different relationship with God. This relationship is only due to Jesus Christ's love, providing the ultimate sacrifice for our sins' forgiveness. Simply, it's faith versus performance. Does this mean we don't need to 'do' anything about this now? No, it does not. Martin Luther says it well, 'God does not need your good works, but your neighbor does.'. It's truth in action.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, creator, and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen; help us to be of service to others, out of thankfulness that God, through Jesus, has forgiven us by his ultimate sacrifice. In Jesus' holy name, I pray. Amen.