URC Daily Devotion Sunday 20th September 2020 Psalm 15

Sunday 20th September Psalm 15 

1 Lord, who may dwell within your house
and on your holy hill?
All those who walk a blameless way,
who love the right, who win the day
with truthful words and, come what may,
will speak no word of ill:

2 All those who love their neighbour well,
who hate the way of sin,
who honour all that fear the Lord,
whose promise is a binding cord,
who help, and seek no rich reward
these, Lord, you welcome in.

After Psalm 15, Paul Wigmore (born 1925)
© Paul Wigmore/Jubilate Hymns

you can hear the tune here
https://www.jubilate.co.uk/songs/lord_who_may_dwell_within_your_house

Reflection

Who is worthy? Who can enter the hill, the temple or even the Holy of Holies? The answer back when the Psalm was written was that very few people were considered worthy, and they had to go through the ritual of dressing the right way, saying exactly the right words of the right prayer, and of course they had to adhere to the minutiae of law and be the right gender.

Who of us would have been worthy? But by grace, because of the Cross, through salvation we can all now dwell in the house of the Lord. The Temple curtain has been torn and there is now nothing that separates us from the love of God. All are welcome. 

But to dwell in God’s home, to truly remain there we need to think, speak and act in ways that show that we belong. The Psalmist shows that there are expectations of us. We must love what is right and truthful, and be selfless. We don’t act to gain acceptance, we are already accepted even with the flaws we have, unlike the temple in the time of Jesus where anything or anyone with blemishes was turned away.

Knowing and feeling this love and acceptance from God surely spurs us on to share this way of living that is so different from the way the world is. The invitation from Jesus to come and share what is prepared isn’t just for a future in heaven, it’s an invitation (in the words of Belinda Carlisle) to prove that heaven is a place on earth. God’s house has its doors open. Our challenge is to demonstrate that there is room for everyone in the house of the Lord.

Prayer

Loving God
You welcome us into your home with open arms.
It is a welcome full of love rather than judgement.
It is an offer of hope instead of fear.
Help us to extend your invitation to dwell in your home
to a world that needs to know your love
Amen

 

Today’s writer

Sam Goodman, Elder, Central URC, Derby

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New Revised Standard Version Bible: Anglicized Edition, copyright © 1989, 1995 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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