Psalm 15 (February 22, 2011)

February 22, 2011

[15:1] O LORD, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy hill?  [2] He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart;  [3] who does not slander with his tongue and does no evil to his neighbor, nor takes up a reproach against his friend;  [4] in whose eyes a vile person is despised, but who honors those who fear the LORD; who swears to his own hurt and does not change;  [5] who does not put out his money at interest and does not take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved. (Psalm 15 ESV)

This wonderful Psalm talks clearly about the character of the one who dwells in relationship to God. The first verse asks the question and verses 2-5 answer it in 12 statements. The tent of God, the Holy Hill of God is the place where the presence of the Lord is. This is the place where God met his people. To sojourn in this place is to be a welcomed guest. The inquiry into the certainty of dwelling with God is the greatest question. We, in the world in which we live, want to know that there is another dwelling place for us. We want to know that our eternal dwelling place will be with God.

Christo-centric Hope in the Psalms

“Members of the visible church, which is God’s tabernacle of worship and hill of eminence, should diligently see to it, that they have the preparation of heart which fits them to be inmates of the house of God. Without the wedding dress of righteousness in Christ Jesus, we have no right to sit at the banquet of communion. Without uprightness of walk we are not fit for the imperfect church on earth, and certainly we must not hope to enter the perfect church above.” -Charles H. Spurgeon.

As we examine our lives, we do so through the lens of the gospel, knowing that regardless of our works and efforts to attain righteousness, it is only through the righteousness of Christ Jesus that we are made fit to dwell in the house of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

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