THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
A man died and came to the gates of heaven. Of course, St. Peter meets him at the pearly gates.
St. Peter said, "Here's how it works. You need 100 points to make it into heaven. You tell me all the good things you've done, and I give you a certain number of points for each item, depending on how good it was. When you reach 100 points, you get in."
"Okay," the man said, "I was married to the same woman for 50 years and never cheated on her, even in my heart."
"That's wonderful," said St. Peter, "that's worth three points!"
"Three points?" he said. "Well, I attended church all my life and supported its ministry with my tithes and service."
"Terrific!" said St. Peter, "that's certainly worth a point."
"One point? Golly. How about this: I started a soup kitchen in my city and worked in a shelter for homeless veterans."
"Fantastic, that's good for two more points," Peter said.
"TWO POINTS!!" the man cried, "At this rate the only way I get into heaven is by the grace of God!"
"Come on in!"
8 Arise, O LORD, into thy rest; thou, and the ark of thy strength.
9 Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness; and let thy saints shout for joy.
10 For thy servant David's sake turn not away the face of thine anointed.
When the temple was completed, the desire of the people was that God would be EXALTED (verse 8).
Also, their desire was that the priests be "clothed with righteousness" (verse 9).
And, they desired that all the saved ("saints") would "shout for joy" (verse 9).
When a man or a church truly desires to EXALT God, He will clothe them in the righteousness of Christ.
And when righteousness abounds in the church, all the saved "shout for joy!"
THE "anointed" of God is Christ Jesus.
As long as it is our desire to EXALT Him, He will never "turn ... away" His face!
Let your life EXALT Christ today.
Exalt Him because He has forgiven your sins, and wrapped you in His own robes of righteousness.
"Shout for joy" because of His love for you!
And know that He will never "leave you, nor forsake you." (Hebrews 13:5)