Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Intimacy with God - Part 2

Intimacy with God - Part 2

Psalm 15

Last week we began to look at the question, “Who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill?” The latter part of verse 5 says, “He who does these things will never be shaken.” The first “thing” the Psalmist writes is to walk blamelessly. In order to walk blamelessly, one would have to obey the commands of God in everything. The next qualification has to do with speech: Speaks truth from his heart. The word translated “truth” comes from a root meaning “to be firm, reliable, and trustworthy.” Many different languages would pen this phrase differently. Let me just list out the different ways this could be stated. “He who speaks with one mouth,” “He whose words are straight,” or “He whose words are true.” When you mix in the heart, you are adding a whole lot of sincerity.

This brings a picture of someone who is intent on speaking the truth no matter what circumstance they find themselves in. It shows that there is no other option. No matter what the outcome, the one who speaks the truth from his heart will not have to wonder what he said to who because it will all be the same. It is this person who will live on God’s holy hill.

Next week we will look at the third qualification. Are you living out these qualities that God sees through and through? Continue to read Psalm 15 and allow the Holy Spirit to plant seeds of truth as you go throughout your day.

Last Sunday was a powerful service as we asked the Lord to protect the law enforcement in our community. What a tremendous opportunity to pray for people who are willing to sacrifice at any moment for the safety of their neighbors. Keep them in prayer and also remember to put your faith before your politics as we lead up to November 8.

I want to extend another invitation for those who want to be a part of the Front Row Ministries at the church. We meet every Wednesday morning at 6:30 a.m. for one hour of prayer. If you are not able to physically be there and still want to be a part of this vital ministry of the church, then talk with me and I will tell you how you can participate.

May you speak the truth from your heart today as you show a lost world the hope of Jesus.

Joy in Jesus!

Pastor Mike

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