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Monday, July 31, 2023

The Forgiven


Psalm 15: 1-5

“1 O Lord, who may abide in your tent?  Who may dwell on your holy hill?

2 Those who walk blamelessly, and do what is right, and speak the truth from their heart 3 who do not slander with their tongue, and do no evil to their friends, nor take up a reproach against their neighbors, 4 in whose eyes the wicked are despised, but who honor those who fear the Lord; who stand by their oath even to their hurt; 5 who do not lend money at interest, and do not take a bribe against the innocent. Those who do these things shall never be moved.


This Psalm is accredited to King David.  In this Psalm, King David asks, who can dwell with God?  His answer is those who are faultless and upright.  

If we know anything about David, we know that he was a good King, and that he was a man after God’s own heart, but he was certainly not faultless.  He had his issues.  Yet, God loved him and used him.  Why?

Sin interferes with our relationship with God and our ability to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit.  David sought forgiveness after being confronted with his sins and reconciled his relationship with God.

God wants us to remain in relationship with Him.  When we sin, God offers us forgiveness, but we have to seek it.  And we must seek it with our whole heart.


May the love of Christ be with you

Rev. Eric Lanier (Retired)



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