February 8, 2023
DAY 39 JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
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Focus Verses for Today: Psalm 15:1-5
Our journey through the book of Psalms today brings us to three more psalms written by David, the man described as a man after God’s own heart.
Take some time to read Psalms chapters 15-17. Reflect and contemplate on what you have read. Seek God in prayer asking for a clear understanding; His true meaning, of what you have just read, reflected on and contemplated over.
Psalms 15-17: King David describes a righteous person, as revealed by the Lord. David reflects on those who worshiped false gods: idols! He also rejoices to the Lord God that he, David, had never worshipped idols. David seeks the Lord’s protection from those who are trying to harm him. David summons the Lord, citing that he, King David, although he has lived a life of sin, has also tried to live a life that is pleasing to the Lord. David’s claim is a claim of righteousness based on his steadfast relationship with the Lord. (Psalms 15:1-17:15)
Chapter 15 is the entire focus verses for today:
Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent?
Who may live on your holy mountain?
2The one whose walk is blameless,
who does what is righteous,
who speaks the truth from their heart;
3whose tongue utters no slander,
who does no wrong to a neighbor,
and casts no slur on others;
4who despises a vile person
but honors those who fear the Lord;
who keeps an oath even when it hurts,
and does not change their mind;
5who lends money to the poor without interest;
who does not accept a bribe against the innocent.
Whoever does these things
will never be shaken.
(Psalms 15:1-5, NIV)
King David never believed good works would gain eternal life with God for him. King David also knew that was a sinner. He did not hide this fact. He addressed this fact. Over time, Jewish leaders changed. A focus became on good works. Why were the Jews of the Bible so focused on good works? They misunderstood that the law was to identify sin and that the coming Messiah would deliver them from sin. No one can make themselves righteous. No one can make themselves blameless. No one! King David knew and understood this. King David knew that salvation only came through the Lord God. King David knew that God was his refuge. King David knew that seeking to live a Godly life, not a sinless life, made him righteous in God’s sight. Are you righteous in God’s eyes?
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