Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain?
- The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart:
- whose tongue utters no slander; who does no wrong to a neighbor, and casts no slur on others;
- who despises a vile person but honors those who fear the Lord;
- who keeps an oath even when it hurts, and does not change their mind;
- who lends money to the poor without interest; who does not accept a bribe against the innocent.
Whoever does these things will never be shaken. Psalm 15:
The passage above could be described as the list of do’s and don’ts for Christian living. As I read through, I noticed with interest that the word ‘or’ does not appear in the text, giving the impression that each point is of great importance, and that one does not substitute for another. For many of us, living out one or two may be fairly easy, but can we say we consistently lived out all the points every single day of our lives?
As humans, we are prone to sin, but we do not have to remain in a sinful state. We have an Advocate who petitions the Father on our behalf, but Romans 6 shows us that having access to His grace is not a license to continue in sin. In our state of humanness, we cannot live out Psalm 15, but we can trust our Loving Father to lead and guide us towards living the life that will cause us to remain unmoved in Him.
Sometimes our indirect actions have far reaching effects, but we are not often aware of the times we affect others. Slowly read Psalm 15 again. As you read, ask the Holy Spirit to shed light on any specific area that needs His intervention. Has there been a time when the lips said one thing and the heart meant another? Or an unkind word was spoken against a neighbour? Or the truth of God was hidden to make someone else look or feel good? Or a word was assuredly given and then withdrawn? Or an action was taken that placed the poor at a disadvantage?
We don’t know when our time on earth will come to an end, but it is important that we live each day for His glory. The end of life as we know it is not the end of life for the believer. We should strive to have our lives firmly grounded in His truth so that we remain truly steadfast and unmovable in Him. We look to the hope that those who follow His guidance will remain with Him forever, even if we face death on this side, since. “Whoever does these things will never be shaken.”
Inventory/Introspection: In light of Psalm 15, what will it take for me to follow through the directions to “stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain?” ( 1 Corinthians 15:58)
Personal Application: – Today I will prayerfully examine the virtues in Psalm 15, and will ask God to help me work through the ones I am experiencing difficulty in living out on a consistent basis.
Father, You have given us many examples of how we ought to live among other. It is easy to pick out bits and pieces of the Bible to suit our needs, but we are thankful that Your divine Guidebook is complete, and that we can trust You to open our eyes and our understanding as we read. We pray You will help us that we will not only read, but that we will make a conscious effort to apply the principles You have laid down for us.
Search our hearts even now, O Lord. We surrender all we are before You. We desire to live out Psalm 15 in our daily lives and we choose to believe that You can guide us in this direction.
May Your name be glorified as we remain unshaken and unmoved in You.
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