“A Psalm of David. LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?” (Psalms 15:1)
The pertinent question is: who shall dwell in and enjoy God’s presence? The sons of men in their present sinful state are not worthy to dwell or live in the presence of God. The Old Testament Tabernacle was God’s church in the wilderness and they under the leadership of Moses and God’s manifest presence struggled in their obedience to God. The New Testament church with the indwelling Holy Spirit, the faith once delivered to the saints in a completed text, also struggles in their daily mission to dwell in HIS presence and to worship HIM in Spirit and in Truth. And yet, this remains as God’s call for us today.
The perfections necessary to live in the presence of God are found only in ONE, the Lord Jesus Christ. “He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.” (Psalms 15:2) So how does the Developing Disciple walk uprightly?
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” (1John 1:7)
Those believers who have come to the point in their life that they long to live in HIS presence have embraced humility. They understand the worth and value of humility in their relationship with God. They mourn over sins committed. They do not excuse, justify, or blame their sins on someone else. They are grateful to God for HIS sacrifice and suffering to pay the penalty for my sin. Therefore, they desire to maintain an honest and trustworthy relationship with HIM by open confession before HIM. Walking in the light is seeking by the grace of God to walk in or live out the truth of Scripture that God has made known to your soul. The Spirit of God will illuminate the truth of the Scripture, we will rejoice in that truth and seek by the grace of God to walk in it. Walking in the light or the understanding of that truth will require the grace of God and the development of our faith. We are planted and we must grow. The farmer does not expect a harvest of fruit the day following the planting.
“But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.” (Luke 8:15)
The heart that has good ground is a heart that receives the truth and fruit is brought forth with patience. Typically, a heart must be weeded. The thorns and thistles, the cares of this life must be changed. Our desires need to be transformed and that change only comes by the renewing of the mind which is accomplished through the personal study of the word of God. Therefore, if we learn by the grace of God to walk in the light in time, we shall walk also in the light in the Kingdom of Heaven.
“And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. 24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.” (Revelation 21:23-24)