Psalm 15 – “O LORD, who may abide in Your tent? Who may dwell on Your holy hill? 2 He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness, And speaks truth in his heart. 3 He does not slander with his tongue, Nor does evil to his neighbor, Nor takes up a reproach against his friend; 4 In whose eyes a reprobate is despised, But who honors those who fear the LORD; He swears to his own hurt and does not change; 5 He does not put out his money at interest, Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things will never be shaken.” NASU
Self-examination is something that all of us should do from time to time. Not that we might figure out a means whereby we can ‘earn’ our salvation but to see how we are living that salvation and representing the LORD.
The Psalmist asked two things that are basically the same, who may abide in God’s tent and live on His holy hill. The tent or tabernacle is representative of the movable temple and depicts the church militant the holy hill is where the permanent tabernacle was build and represents the Kingdom. His question was who may ‘abide’ there? Then he gives examples of the character and characteristic of the one whom God would deem acceptable. It is not a list to show you things to do to be acceptable it is a list that shows what the character and characteristics are of those who are acceptable.
- He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness, and speaks truth in his heart.
Wow! That would eliminate a large portion of politicians, would it not, and many others even members of the church. Integrity, Righteousness, and Truth are cornerstones of the character of the one who may abide.
- He does not slander with his tongue, nor do evil to his neighbor, or take up a reproach against his friend.
Again we see integrity, righteousness, truth, loyalty and being a person truly motivated by God’s love.
- In shoes eyes a reprobate is despised, but honors those who fear the LORD.
Before you justify despising a person realize that the description is ‘reprobate’ and the focus is more on the deed and character and less on the individual trapped in that mind-set or lifestyle. He is not afraid to call ‘sin’ sin and pays tribute to those who fear the LORD and are faithful to Him and His Kingdom.
- He swears to his own hurt and does not change.
His word is his bond even if it costs him and does him harm in the process when lying or going back on his word would relieve him of financial or social difficulty. This is a ‘covenant mentality’ not a ‘contract mentality’ which our world lives in today. This is the person that says, “even if it kills me I will keep my word and honor my commitment.”
- He does not put out his money at interest, or take a bribe against the innocent.
He cannot be bought and is not swayed by greed. If he helps someone with a loan it is interest free not usury which describes excessive interest. He will not regard people based on what they have but view each person on their own merit and situation.
This person will NEVER be shaken! That is a powerful promise from God that if this is the condition of our hearts we can go through life confident that He Is There no matter what we face or when we face it. He Is There no matter the odds or obstacles. He Is There and will NEVER leave us or forsake us!
So as you go through this day set your heart to be that person who Can Abide in the tent of the LORD and on His holy hill. Blessings abundantly!