Daily Bible Reading – Leviticus 23,24; Psalm 24; Acts 21
Today’s Key Passage – Psalm 24
We all have certain things we do on a daily basis. Whether it be eating, drinking, getting dressed, brushing our teeth, or checking email, there are certain things that we never go without doing even for a single day. Psalm 24 challenges us with three things we should add to our list of daily practices, because spending time with God daily is more important than anything else we can do. Let’s break down Psalm 24 into these three sections and take a look at what we should strive to do daily.
Verse 1 and 2 say, “The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters.” Each day, we should acknowledge God’s possession. All that is and all that will ever be belongs to God. He has created everything for His glory. We do not own the house we live in. We do not own the car we drive. We do not own the money we make. We are simply caretakers of God’s possessions. We have been tasked with being good stewards of His possessions, and we must always remember that everything we see in this world is temporary – “The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.” (1 John 2:17) As followers of Christ, we should also acknowledge daily that we are His possessions in a very special way. “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. (John 1:12-13) We are His children – His most prized possession.
In verse 3 through 6 we read, “Who may ascend the mountain of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place? The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god. They will receive blessing from the LORD and vindication from God their Savior. Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek your face, God of Jacob.” Each day, we should “ascend the mountain” into God’s presence. Each day we should spend time with God – praying to Him, reading His Word, and meditating on His truths seeking to understand His will for us. We should strive daily to meet with Him and communicate with Him. The verses remind us that we are to come to him with clean hands and a pure heart. How can we do that? It is really a two-part process starting with God’s gift of salvation to us. 1 Corinthians 6:11 says, “But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” God has washed away our sins giving us a path to Him and allowing us to come to Him with clean hands and a pure heart. The second part of the process is regular confession of our sins. To maintain our clean hands and pure heart, we must go to God and confess all of our unrighteousness and ask Him for His forgiveness. As we learn in 1 John 1:8-10, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.”
Finally, in verses 7-10 David writes, “Lift up your heads, you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is he, this King of glory? The LORD Almighty— he is the King of glory.” Each day, we should praise the “King of Glory”, our Lord Jesus Christ. We must remember that our times of prayer are not just a time for asking God for all the things we believe that we need. Prayer should also be a time for praise and worship of He who has paved the way for us to God. We are made whole not by our own deeds or our own hands, but by the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ on the cross. We can praise Him daily for what He has done for us and what He continues to do for us as He acts on our behalf as our chief priest in the house of God.
These three daily practices in Psalm 24 are not difficult, but they are vitally important to our spiritual health and wellbeing. If you have had trouble spending time with God daily in the past, let today be the first day of the rest of your life. When we follow these practices daily, all of our relationships (including our relationship with God) will grow stronger as we seek to put Him first in our lives.
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