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The "In"-side

Psalm 15
1 LORD, who may abide in Your tabernacle?
Who may dwell in Your holy hill?
2 He who walks uprightly,
And works righteousness,
And speaks the truth in his heart;
3 He who does not backbite with his tongue,
Nor does evil to his neighbor,
Nor does he take up a reproach against his friend;
4 In whose eyes a vile person is despised,
But he honors those who fear the LORD;
He who swears to his own hurt and does not change;
5 He who does not put out his money at usury,
Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent.

He who does these things shall never be moved.

The Psalmist makes a list of the kind of person who lives in God's presence. It's an interesting list, especially because it's so everyday life; Telling the truth. Don't talk behind someone's back. Staying out of someone else's business. Takes on for the team. Doesn't hold people in debt. Doesn't take advantage of circumstances and situations

I think more than God being present, the person who lives this way is aware of God's presence. God is Omni-present, so He isn't more present than He already is. I do know that how I live can affect my awareness of His nearness. That awareness helps me to override my natural inclination for self-preservation, self-promotion - all the things that put "me" first. My integrity is measured by the way I respond to others. So my integrity is dependent upon how closely I'm integrated with Him.

Lord, I always want to live with an awareness of Your presence.


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