"Are You There Yet?"
By Zach Wood
Lord, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill? He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart and has no slander on his tongue, who does his neighbor no wrong and casts no slur on his fellowman, who despises a vile man but honors those who fear the Lord, who keeps his oath even when it hurts, who lends his money without usury and does not accept a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things will never be shaken.
I was reading this passage the other day for my devotional time and when I finished reading it, I said, "Lord, I have so far to go to have a really close relationship with You." This psalm of David is powerful. I questioned my motives and the pureness of my heart. I started reading again through this psalm and saw so many areas of my life that have fallen far from a close relationship with God my Creator.
This psalm is quite a mouthfull. I would encourage you, not just now, but maybe for the next few days or week, read through this and just ask God to examine your heart and reveal to you what you might need to change so that you can dwell in His sanctuary with a pure heart.
As the title suggests, are you there yet? In your heart, do you feel you are able to dwell in His Sanctuary with a pure heart? Are there things in your life that are keeping you from being completely open and honest with God and growing closer to Him? Are you at odds with so many others in your life that you just cannot seem to focus on what is real?
When we come to Him with an open and honest heart and truly desire to dwell in His Sanctuary and follow Him, wonderful things happen in our lives. We desire to have peace in our relationships with others and treat others with love and respect. When we have Jesus Christ in focus, then the other areas will follow. It will not be easy, but with Christ at our side and walking with us, it will be better than living a life of chaos.
Are you there yet? If not, what are you doing about it?