How Can I Dwell In God's Presence? (Through the Psalms)
Wow. What made David different was not his abilities, his power nor his kingdom. It was truly his love for God. What separated him from all the other kings before and after him was his constant pursuit to dwell in God’s presence.
The cry of David’s heart, “Lord, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill?” (Psalm 15:1). By asking this question it implies that David is the one who wants to dwell in God’s sanctuary. But the question is where is this sanctuary? What is this holy hill? Is David talking about the temple or a literal location? No.
David is talking about the divine presence of God that is available to anyone who desires intimacy with God. David is asking for a closeness with God in his everyday life.
How can we like David live a life that is near to God?
David gives it to us the answer:
- Live a blameless and righteous life (v. 2). This means to live a life of holiness that is pleasing to God.
- Live a honest life (v. 3). Don’t lie and exaggerate but be secure in who you are.
- Do not gossip and talk badly about others (v. 4). Love people with your words.
- Despise evil (v. 4). Do not engage in sinful and evil activity that is offensive to God.
- Honor men and women of God (v. 4). Show honor and respect to spiritual leaders that God has placed in your life.
- Be a man or woman of your word (v. 4.). Be a man or woman of integrity and you true to your promises.
- Be generous to the poor (v. 5). Look for ways to help and encourage those who are less fortunate than you.
David declares keeping these things allows him to remain in God’s presence. For David keeping God’s Word was not merely a matter of obeying the law, it was about remaining in God’s heart. I challenge you today, fight to live a blameless, righteous, honest, gossip-free, honoring and generous life!
How can you fight to live in God’s presence today?