LORD, Who may dwell in Your Sacred Tent? This question might sound simple but it is profound and worth meditating about. Today I was reading Psalm 15 and found it to contain a few points that are really significant for believers in Christ.
As you know David begins psalm 15 with the above question in verse one and in the following verses, he, himself, gives an answer.
However, this answer is not something that came out of his month spontaneously. But it is the result of his life experience and the teachings he received from the Holy Spirit. Furthermore, what David wrote in psalm 15, has also been confirmed in other parts of the Holy Bible.
As you know, true Christianity is not a religion, but it is a relationship between you and Christ; a relationship held together by a Holy Covenant made in the blood of Christ. The Core of this relationship is obedience; that is: As God says:
if you obey Me, I will be your God and you will be my people.
5Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, 6you a will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites.”(Exodus 19, 5-6)
Saints, by believing in Christ, we all expect to gain eternal life and dwell in the sacred tent of the God Almighty. But we seldom ponder on the responsibility that comes with our desire to gain this eternal life.
As I said earlier, True Christianity is a way of life that extents to eternity and it takes a lot of hard work and persistence to walk in that path; because as Jesus said – “The path is narrow and the gate is small and only a few enter through it.”
Anyway, in Psalm 15 David gives us a glimpse of this way of life and that is what we are going to examine next.
Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain?
1. The Man who lives a Blameless Life.
Yes, living a blameless life before God and Man is absolutely important for a Christian. A believer in Christ should be righteous before God, he should do what is just and right in the eyes of the LORD. He should speak the truth from the heart even when it cost him dearly.
2.The Man who Never do any Wrong to His Neighbor.
Yes, the Word of God says that; You should love your neighbor as yourself. But how do you love them? You should love them by doing good to them.
If you love your neighbor; you will not slander them, you will not do anything to harm them and you will not go around and spread things that bring ill-reputation to them.
Even when they are wrong; you will still try to protect their reputation and goodwill. A Christian do not have the right to return evil for evil; instead, he should do good to those who mistreat him.
3.The man who Honor those who Fear the LORD and Despise those who do Evil.
As you know, we live in a world that admires many of the things that the Holy Bible calls evil and despises many of the things that the Holy Bible calls good. Some of you might have even witnessed and experienced many of these things in your own personal lives.
Even many of the Christians and Christian congregations follow the world and join them in ridiculing and despising those who stand for the righteousness of God.
However, a true disciple of Christ cannot flow with the world; as David says:
He should have the courage to despise those who do wrong and honor those who fear the LORD and do what is just and right in His eyes.
Furthermore, a Christian also should be diligent in keeping his promises. He should not be a double minded person who promise one thing and just do the opposite. Each, time when we break a promise; we are being a bad witness for Christ. As Christ says: let your “Yes” be “Yes” and “No” be “No.”
4. The Man who never Accepts a Bribe or Interest from Others.
As you know, accepting bribe is a common practice among the worldly people but Christians are not an exception either; many of them do accept bribes and illegal commissions while discharging their official duties.
However, the Holy Bible strictly forbids Christians from accepting bribes and illegal rewards from others. In many cases, a bribe compels the receiver to show undue favor towards the giver while denying someone else even what legally belongs to him. In many cases, it leads to subversion of justice.
“You shall not take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the clear-sighted and subverts the cause of the just. (Exodus 23, 8)
Cursed is he who accepts a bribe to strike down an innocent person.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’ (Deuteronomy 27, 25)
In addition, A true believer in Christ should not charge interest from the poor for the money that he lends to them. In fact, Lord Jesus even advised his disciples not to demand back the things that they lend to others. I am sure many of you will hesitate to put into practice this advice of Lord Jesus.
35But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. (Luke 6, 35-36)
Saints, if you are a citizen of the Kingdom of God, then, you need to live by the rules of that Kingdom which are given in the Holy Bible. Remember, we live in the world but we are not of this world. Our citizenship is in heaven and we need to live as our Heavenly King instructs.
As you know David lived his life on earth by following those heavenly principles and that is the reason why God calls him:
“A Man after My own heart.”
Therefore, let us follow David’s example, so that, we will have nothing to regret when we stand before the Son of Man. Amen.