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Daily Encouragements

BY BENNIE McWHA

January 20

A Righteous God – Psalm 15

What qualifies you to enter God’s presence?
In Japan, many people have idols in their houses. A missionary once asked a woman, “Why do you have these things in your house? Why do you place gifts of rice, fruit, or other things before them?” She replied that it was to avoid making the gods angry and to prevent bad things from happening to her family.
You don’t have such superstitious practices, do you? However, do you have certain traditions that you hope will make you more acceptable to God? King David asked two important questions: “LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?” (v. 1). If you are wise, you will seek the answers to these questions for yourself.
This Psalm next lists eleven specific qualities to describe a person who will be allowed to enter God’s presence. Read the list and you will see that it is impossible to qualify. It simply says that you must be upright and righteous (v. 2). However, the Bible also says that “All our righteousnesses are as filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6). Too bad! You do not qualify. However, there is hope! Your hope can only be in the Lord Jesus Christ. God has provided a way for you to meet His standard. “For he hath made him [Jesus] to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (II Corinthians 5:21).
David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works: “Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin” (Romans 4:7, 8). This passage quotes Psalm 32:1, 2 and is a wonderful assurance that God will receive you into His presence if you accept His offer of forgiveness and allow Him to make you righteous. You should have the correct answer now. Have you personally trusted in Him?
“He that doeth these things shall never be moved”
(v. 5).