A Holy God, A Righteous Path

Instagram preachers, Choose-Your-Church™️, televangelists flying private planes… In today’s society, we have our choice of exactly how we want to engage with God. We can have as little (or as much) of God as we want to. It sometimes feels as if life is billed to the masses as a great vending machine: insert the right sequence of coins, and you can have anything you want. The problem is, we are poor. We are born without any ability to pay. So, we learn from a young age: we steal those coins from others. We bury what coins we find. It is no wonder the world is so evil, dark, and mean. We live our whole lives to feed the machine, the machine of selfish desire.

What God has been revealing to me lately is that I need to abandon the vending machine, and yield fully to Him, whose storehouses and riches are endless (Philippians 4:19). He seeks to clothe me in the finest of clothes, namely, righteousness (Isaiah 61:10). Living under the provision of God, in proximity of God, is God’s will for us.

So, how do I approach a God like that? There are terms. As Pastor Bryon shared this Sunday, from Psalm 15: God is a Holy God. We must approach God with reverence and holiness. Our walk before the Lord must be blameless. How do I become blameless? There aren’t enough coins in the world that I could possibly put in the vending machine of life to pay that cost. Instead, I throw my coins away, and I bring my heart instead. When I yield to God my heart, I receive His righteousness. I receive His grace and mercy. Then, and only then, am I able to live a holy life, before the Lord.

I then have a choice: I either continue walking in His righteousness, or I let my human nature and stubborn will and preference get in the way. Paul tells us that we should not keep on sinning, just because we now live in God’s grace. He tells us that we are slaves to righteousness, and not to sin (Romans 6).

If I want to get as close to the Lord as possible, to have fellowship with Him, it looks like me living a life of blamelessness and righteousness, as outlined in Psalm 15. It looks like living a life of repentance, of full submission to the Lord. When I am fully yielded to the Lord, there is less and less room for my human nature to creep in. The Fruit of the Spirit becomes alive in my life. His kindness, His grace, His peace, and His love lead me to a life of speaking truth (Psalm 15:2), that is free from gossip (Psalm 15:3), that turns from evil and keeps promises (Psalm 15:4), and that is full of generosity (Psalm 15:5).

The currency of the Kingdom of God is love. We love because God first loved us. What God wants from us, is our love. When we love God back what we receive is the righteousness of God. What we receive is the ability to dwell with Him, in His sacred tent, on His holy mountain (Psalm 15:1).

Oh God, let us be a people who recognize and revere Your holiness. Let us be a people, so covered in Your righteousness, that there is no other way for us to walk. Let us choose again, and again, and again, to be lead by You, our Good Shepherd, along the path of righteousness, for Your Name’s sake (Psalm 23:3).

by Kaitlyn Faraghan
Kaitlyn leads worship at our Cherry Hill location. She is passionate about writing and recording music, and has been a part of numerous recording projects; she has released one album and is now working on her second album! In her spare time, you will find her scouting out the best coffee and donuts in South Jersey and the Greater Philadelphia area.

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