Father, May I?
"A psalm of David. Who may worship in your sanctuary, LORD? Who may enter your presence on your holy hill?" Psalm 15:1 (NLT)
As a child, did you ever play the game Mother May I? The object of the game is to be the first to reach Mother. One person plays the role of Mother and gives the other children various instructions. Each child must ask, “Mother may I?” before proceeding with the instructions. If the child forgets to ask permission, they may not move forward to Mother.
In Psalm 15, David asks this question: Who may enter into the presence of the Lord? Like Mother May I?, there are certain things we can do that will move us toward our Father. In verse 5b, we are told such people will stand firm forever. I love the translation in the ESV, "He who does these things shall not be moved."
Reviewing the psalm, we discover how we can be such people who will not be moved and who may enter God’s presence. Such people:
- Lead blameless lives and do what is right. You will not be able to be perfect or without sin, but you can choose to be wholesome and live with integrity.
- Speak truth from sincere hearts. If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all.
- Refuse to gossip or harm neighbors. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
- Despise flagrant sinners. Regard with contempt the person who willfully disobeys or openly disrespects rules or orders.
- Keep promises, even if it hurts. When you say you are going to do something, do it.
- Lend money without charging interest. Don't ask for more back than you loaned.
- Cannot be bribed to lie. Tell the truth no matter how great the temptation is to be dishonest.
To enter into the presence of the Lord, you don't have to ask, "Father may I?" Just walk in His ways and step forward in faith toward Him. Enter the joy of the Lord, standing firm and not being moved.
What do you think?