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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Closer I get to you

Psalm 15  New International Version (NIV)

A psalm of David.
Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent?
    Who may live on your holy mountain?
The one whose walk is blameless,
    who does what is righteous,
    who speaks the truth from their heart;
whose tongue utters no slander,
    who does no wrong to a neighbor,
    and casts no slur on others;
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;
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.

When I read David's words from Psalm 15, immediately I began hearing the chorus from Roberta Flacks hit song the Closer I get to you:

"The Closer I Get To You"
(feat. Donny Hathaway)

The closer I get to you
The more you make me see
By giving me all you've got
Your love has captured me.

Psalm 15 reminds me of how close I've grown to God over the last few years, and even more so of how much closer I want/ need to get to my savior and creator. While Roberta Flack's song was a love song to people, Psalm 15 for me is a love poem to God. One that I can sing, read and pray all day long. Just like David I want to dwell in God's presence, live righteously and in truth.  The fact of the matter is the closer that I get to God my life becomes better and as a direct result I become a better person. Do you long to get closer to God, to guard your tongue and to be able to discern better? If so, I invite you to read and pray Psalm 15 throughout the day and be encouraged knowing that it pleases God when we make an effort to grow in relationship to our King of Glory.

Dear God today, enable us to stretch our own limits and go on a growth spurt, growing abundantly closer to you. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

Be Well, Love P.J.

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