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Permission                                                               Psalm 15:1-5

 A large group gathers outside the doors of the temple anticipating entrance.  The priest opens the doors and asks, “Who may worship in God’s sanctuary? Who may enter God’s presence?” The people answer (see verses 2-5).

Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right, speaking the truth from sincere hearts. 3 Those who refuse to gossip or harm their neighbors or speak evil of their friends. 4 Those who despise flagrant sinners, and honor the faithful followers of the Lord, and keep their promises even when it hurts. 5 Those who lend money without charging interest, and who cannot be bribed to lie about the innocent.

 I imagine as the as the answer progresses, the crowd gets thinner and thinner.  After all, do you meet all the qualifications in verses 2-5?  No wonder some people think they are not good enough to attend church.

These standards were not designed to be a barrier or obstacle to worship.  They illuminate our need for worship, to come into God’s presence with all our sins, mistakes, faults, and find forgiveness.
These words clarify the need for us to be in God’s presence.  It is a Psalm of permission – none of us are good enough to be here – God makes us good enough.  We have permission to be here because God gives us permission.
Reflect on:

1) How does worship make a difference in what you do during the week?

2) How does what you did during the week make a difference in worship?

Memory Verse:
You will show me the way of life,
granting me the joy or your presence
and the pleasure of living with you forever

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