Not long ago, someone I knew was to be married. I didn’t receive an invitation, and didn’t think much about it, but the mother of the bride called me a couple of weeks before the wedding and asked if I was coming. The invitation had been sent to an old address and eventually returned as undeliverable. I had been invited after all! The invitation was a call to join together in community and celebrate this joyous occasion.
Psalm 15 is a call to join together in fellowship with God, to dwell in His tabernacle and live on His holy mountain, to come to His banquet and feast at His table1.
I want to receive that invitation, don’t you?
And then I read what it takes to get on His guest list.
Walking blamelessly, doing what is right, and speaking truth from our hearts. Avoiding slander and always loving our neighbor. Despising sin, honoring those who fear God, keeping our promises, giving money to the poor, and not turning a blind eye to injustice.
We may have moments or even seasons of doing these things, but no one does this 24×7. It’s exhausting to even try.
When we do manage to do good things, it may be for the wrong reasons. We put on our masks to impress others. We seek good things in return, or to assuage our consciences, or to please God and earn his favor.
And…we fail miserably if we don’t collapse from exhaustion first.
There was only one perfect human being, only one worthy to dwell in the heavens and be seated at the right hand of God. That one perfect being was Jesus Christ, fully God and fully human. Perfectly satisfying the requirements of God’s laws. Perfectly pleasing God as no one else ever could.
And because he was perfect, I don’t have to be.
All I have to do is trust Him.
Trust that what He says about Himself is true:
- Loving, forgiving, gracious, and merciful
- The way, the truth, and the life
- Mighty warrior who saves completely
- My substitute for the punishment I deserve
- My righteousness for the good I could never achieve
- Able to present me to the Father as perfect and blameless
- The one who will never leave me or forsake me
- Able to do immeasurably more than all I ask or imagine
- And so much more…
Trust that what He says about me is true:
- Greatly loved
- Chosen daughter of the King
- Delighted in
- Lavishly graced
- His work of art
- Never alone
- And so much more…
When I trust God that I am who He says I am, receiving His great love and lavish grace, then I will know how to extend love and grace to others, because I have experienced receiving it myself2. I become a conduit of Christ in me accomplishing what I could never do on my own, living out Psalm 15:2-5 because of His work in me, not my work for Him.
The invitation to be on His guest list is extended to all of humanity:
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened,
and I will give you rest.3
When I RSVP to this invitation on the basis of His perfectly pleasing God, and not my own feeble efforts4, He firmly establishes me in His kingdom and my position there can never be shaken.
The storms of life may shake me to the core, and I may tremble with fear and uncertainty, but my faith is in the One who is unshakeable, an immovable solid rock of hope.
Whoever does these things will never be shaken.5
Do you believe God loves you unconditionally? Do you believe that what He says about you is true? Or do you still struggle to receive His love? If so, ask Him to help you understand all that He has done for you and to receive all that He desires to give you.
4Hebrews 5:9, 10:14