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“O house of Aaron, trust in the Lord; He is their help and their shield. You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord; He is their help and their shield. The Lord has been mindful of us; He will bless us; He will bless the house of Israel; He will bless the house of Aaron.” (Psalm 115:10-12)

We think that religious people are those who trust in the Lord. Some do. Some do not. What people are doing around you is never really the question. The real question is: are you trusting in the Lord? He will bless those who draw close to Him. To be a priest means to draw near to God. It is not a matter of physical birth, but of the birth that comes through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Lord, grant that I would see the hope You give me in faith. Remove from my eyes the things that get in the way that I would live into the faith into which You have called me. Lead me along paths of righteousness for Your name’s sake that I would live as a priest drawing ever closer to You. Bless me in the gift of faith You have given that I would live in the hope of salvation and love my neighbor.

Lord Jesus, You have come humbly to lead the way. I sometimes mistake the humility for some kind of equality, but it will never be that. You have taught us to draw close to the Father that He would draw close to us. Lead me past my own pride to come to the place where I simply submit to the truth of Your presence and dwell with You all the days of my life. Amen.