“O LORD, who may abide in your tent? Who may dwell on your holy hill?” – Psalm 15:1


In ancient times, to enter the presence of God was not taken lightly.  Only once a year, on Yom Kippur the Day of Atonement, would a priest enter the “Holy of Holies” in the temple.  Being in God’s presence meant being cared for, protected, and ultimately transformed.

Psalm 15 begins with a rhetorical question meant to emphasize the magnitude of God’s presence.  Often though, when we elevate the transcendent nature of God we do so at the cost of immanence of God.  However, God is both outside of humanity’s full grasp and also knowable and perceivable to us.  Thankfully, Nan Merrill takes the Lectionary psalm for this week and makes it approachable for us.  (If you don’t know Nan Merrill then check out last Friday’s devotional).

Psalm 15

Beloved, You invite us to rest in the abode of your Heart, to forgive our weaknesses and renew our love. 

Who will respond with hearts opened wide to Love? 

Those who walk with integrity, who are in harmony with your Word, and sing the heart’s song; 

Whose tongues speak truth judging not others and seeking only the good; 

Whose eyes behold not the outer garments of the body but see within the inner robe of Love; 

Whose own weaknesses are acknowledged and brought to light in prayer; 

Those who are just in all affairs of life and take not advantage of another. 

Those who dwell in the Heart of Love, who act justly, with integrity, will join the Dance of Life, will sing the Songs of Joy! 

Their family, friends, and indeed, the world will be blessed by their love.