Daily Prayer for Thursday, July 18, 2019 Jesus calls us to follow him in a blameless life

Read Psalm 15
A psalm of David.
1 Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent?
Who may live on your holy mountain?
2 The one whose walk is blameless,
who does what is righteous,
who speaks the truth from their heart;
3 whose tongue utters no slander,
who does no wrong to a neighbor,
and casts no slur on others;
4 who 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;
5 who lends money to the poor without interest;
who does not accept a bribe against the innocent.
Whoever does these things
will never be shaken.

Notes
“Who gets to draw near to God? Those who speak true words (verse 2), but in love (verse 3) and generosity (verse 5). Those who are transparent, honest, and faithful to their word, not always changing their minds (verses 4 and 5). If we deceive, vilify, and flatter, if we make empty promises and overblown claims, we cannot expect God’s presence in our lives. This standard not only challenges us but also reminds us we can go to God only through his grace. No one but Jesus ever lived with perfect integrity (Hebrews 4:15), but because he is our Savior, we can go in to God (Hebrews 4:16). “
Timothy Keller

Reflect
What is one promise you made that you found difficult to keep?
How does a blameless person treat others? (15:2-5)
What can prevent a person from dwelling in God’s presence? (15:2-5)
What advice did the psalm writer give regarding money? (15:5)
What reward is there in speaking the truth, respecting people, and being charitable with money? (15:5)
In what ways did Jesus Christ fulfill the vision of blamelessness found in this song?
What are some specific ways that this Psalm draw you to Jesus, and encourage you follow him in the way of the blamelessness?

Pray
Oh Lord, our gracious and merciful father, grant us the privilege to steadfastly believe in your son Jesus Christ who lived blamelessly before you and all people. Grant us to fearlessly confess him before the unbelieving and the wicked. Strengthen us by your Spirit, to put our trust in your son’s blamelessness so that we may walk honestly in his footsteps, both privately and in public. Amen
Hymn

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