Psalms 15:1-5 NIV
LORD, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain? The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart; whose tongue utters no slander, who does no wrong to a neighbour, and casts no slur on others; who despises a vile person but honour those who fear the LORD; who keeps an oath even when it hurts, and does not change their mind; who lends money to the poor without interest; who does not accept a bribe against the innocent.
I have spent much of the last two weeks in one of those 'thin places' where the presence of Christ is so tangible. My family have been camping on the North Brittany coast - Google 'Pleherel Plage' and look at the images of the beach. 'Lord, who may dwell in your scared tent?' The psalm is about what qualifies us for a closeness with God. The Psalm speaks of very basic decency. Yet, when we look at the list, I guess we know we all fall short. I know I do. I've taken any bribes, but regret and repent of some the others!
Here's the rub. Even with my failings, I know I am dwelling in the sacred tent. That is the power and strength and grace of the Gospel. I am in, you are in, not because of anything we have done, or bring or are. We are in because of Jesus. Grace upon grace upon grace.
Lord Jesus, may I live today as one inside the sacred tent. May I live this way as a sign of your love for me. Amen.