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Psalms 15 Food For Thought

This psalm begins by asking a question which is expressed in two different ways. “Lord, who may abide in Your tabernacle (tent)?” and “Who may dwell in Your holy hill? (Mountain)”

The picture here is of coming into the presence of a Holy God and of being able to stay there, sharing an intimate relationship with Him.
The answer is that only those who live a holy lifestyle can hope to experience the presence of God.
The psalm then goes on to explain what that involves in practical terms. It means having pure actions and integrity of heart. It means treating other people well and speaking words that are good and pure and build others up. It means keeping the right company and using money honourably. Above all, it means being motivated by the fear of the Lord.

This might sound impossible, but God recognises that we are not ever going to live a life of perfection. (All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God) He was willing to call men like Abraham, Moses and David His friends even though they were sinners because He knew they honoured Him and desired obedience in their hearts. And of course, we ourselves no longer fall under the Old Covenant of law but are able to approach God through the blood of Jesus. When we confess our sins and ask forgiveness for them by faith, God imputes to us the righteousness of Jesus and welcomes us into His throne room.

We are so blessed to live in the age of grace when our sins can be dealt with so freely and completely. But we must be careful not to take sin lightly. Our God is a holy God. He hates sin and cannot stand it in His presence. Often we do not experience God’s presence as we could because we are prepared to tolerate sin in our lives, which causes a barrier between us and Him.

1 Peter 1:15-16 says to New Testament Christians (and therefore to us too), “…as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, ‘Be holy, for I am holy’”. I encourage you today to measure yourself against the conduct set out in this psalm. Is there any sin you need to confess to God?

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