Genesis 35:1-36:43; Matthew 12:1-21; Psalm 15:1-5; Psalm 15:1-5
“Lord, who may dwell in your sanctuary?
Who may live on your holy hill?
He whose walk is blameless,
and who does what is righteous,
who speaks the truth from the heart
and has no slander on his tongue,
who does his neighbor no wrong
and casts no slur on his fellowman,
who despises a vile man
but honors those who fear the Lord,
who keeps his oath
even when it hurts,
who lends his money without usery
and does not not accept a bribe against
He who does these things will never be shaken.”
God desires to be surrounded by perfect people–His holiness will not tolerate anything less.
Am I perfect?
Am I holy?
Can I get close to God?
The answer is YES!
But not because I am all of those things. But I believe in Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God who did lead a holy, perfect life. Because I believe that Jesus paid the price for my ugly unholiness called sin when he died on Calvary’s Cross. Because now, through faith, He has put upon me his robe of righteousness which the Father sees instead of my ragged, stained rags.
God the Father does see me as perfect and holy because of faith and one day I will stand before Him fully confident that He will let me live on His holy hill!
Lord God, I thank and praise you for the saving work of Jesus on the Cross. That his sacrifice has won me a place in your presence. This weekend as I worship, may I glorify you with songs and prayers of praise and receive your good Gifts through Word and Sacrament. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
We all believe in one true God, Father Son and Holy Ghost,
Ever present help in need, praised by all the heav’nly host;
All he made his love enfolds, all creation he upholds.
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We all believe in Jesus Christ, Son of God and Mary’s son,
Who descended from his throne, and for us salvation won;
By whose cross and death are we rescued from all misery.
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We all confess the Holy Ghost who from both in truth proceeds
Who sustains and comforts us in all trials, fears and needs.
Blest and holy Trinity, praise forever yours shall be.
~ Tobias Clausnitzer