Two of the world’s most famous theologians, Karl Barth and Paul Tillich, were having a debate about the important questions people have about life. Tillich said that theology should answer the psychological questions people have about their “felt needs.” Barth responded with a loud “No!”
He continued his objection to that idea stating that “the world does not know the right questions to ask. “God,” he continued, “must reveal the right questions to man as well as the right answers!”
In Psalm 15 God revealed both the right questions and the right answers through David. “Who,” David wanted to know, “may live in the presence of God? Who can stand before Him? Who can know Him now and forever? And who can go to heaven?”
David asked questions that force us to look at both our attitudes and our actions. They cover our walk as well as our works. They also address the fact that it is not possible to remain neutral in our relationship with God. We are either growing closer to Him or drifting farther away from Him.
David did not ask any superficial questions of God. He was serious as well as sincere. He was not only concerned about his journey through life but about his ultimate destination – abiding with Him forever.
Jesus addressed the necessity of “abiding” in Him every day. “Those who abide in me,” He said, “will produce much fruit. But apart from me, you can do nothing.”
Prayer: Help us, Father, to abide in You and produce fruit that is consistent with Christian living and service. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Who may worship in your sanctuary, Lord? Who may enter your presence on your holy hill? Psalm 15:1
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