TOPIC: What Is Missing? (DCLM Daily Manna 5 January 2022)
TEXT: Psalm 15:1-5 (KJV)
15 Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?
2 He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.
3 He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.
4 In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the Lord. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.
5 He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved.
KEY VERSE: “LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?” (Psalm 15:1).
In William Shakespeare’s King Henry IV, a king walking about the palace wonders why he is denied sleep when his lowly placed subjects are enjoying deep repose. As he paces the royal grounds observing the less materially endowed slumbering “in smoky cribs… in loathsome beds”, he lashes at the gods for bypassing him with all his greatness to give sweet sleep to the “vile” of his kingdom. With all his splendour, the king still lacked what riches could not procure.
Similarly, David, the great king of Israel, also discovered that despite all he had in royal grandeur, none could give him access to the greatest aspiration of man – eternal stay with God in heaven. He posed fundamental questions like the king in Shakespeare’s play. Why would a king, having all that riches could procure, not gain automatic entry to the presence of the Almighty?
The holy God would only welcome he “that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, [who] speaketh the truth in his heart”. Such person “doeth (not) evil to his neighbour… sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not… putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent”.
We must not be deceived by the short-lived pageantry of prosperity, which does not possess the power to take us into the unspeakable joy of heaven. Man, on his own, cannot provide these missing virtues. He must source the power to get them from outside him and his resources. Only in Jesus, the Son of God, can we obtain the grace and power to meet the requirement. He is wise who penitently comes to Christ to fit him for eternal life.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Nobody gets to heaven by accident or with earthly qualification.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: