THURSDAY, JANUARY 18
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 15
This short Psalm has much to say to us that we could and should learn from. But as we will see momentarily, we need to view this Psalm through the lens of the Gospel. This will not change the truth of it but it will impact the application of the truth.
The Psalm starts with the question of who can be a dwell or abide in God’s sanctuary. This literally means who can be a guest in God’s tabernacle or tent. The second and follow-up question is who is able to live with God on His holy hill or on Zion.
Both of these questions really are about who can be in relationship with God. That is an incredibly important question that we all need to ask and then we all need to seek a Biblical answer.
As the Psalmist contemplates this, he gives us two requirements of who can be in God’s tent on God’s hill with Him. One of those is the person has to walk blamelessly. This concept speaks to being complete or sincere or perfectly whole. It refers to someone who is living in obedience to God and who is maintaining a life of integrity. The second requirement is the one who does what is right or who does what is righteous. In other words, his life is in harmony with God’s standards.
Beginning with the end of verse 2 through the first part of verse 5, the Psalmist gives us the characteristics of being blameless and righteous. It begins with speaking truth and not engaging in slandering or speaking falsely about others. It moves on to treating others right.
In verse 4, we find that blameless and righteous folks despise those who do vile, despicable things but honor those who try to live according to God’s words. The last part of verse 4 speaks of one who keeps his word even when it has a great personal cost to it.
Verse 5 speaks of not charging interest when money is loaned to a brother and not taking a bribe to bring false testimony against the innocent.
Then the Psalm ends with the statement that living blamelessly and righteously gives you a solid foundation to stand on.
Now here is the thing. When David wrote this, the people of God lived under the Law of God. Those laws dictated how life was to be lived. Their ability to live that way was the basis for the depth of their personal relationship with God.
We are not under the Law today but instead are in grace. Among other things that means our relationship with God is not earned by our obedience or deeds. Instead our relationship with God is a gift of his grace received by the faith He gives us to believe in Him. It is because our grace relationship that our lifestyles should resemble what we read about in this Psalm. In other words, living the way this Psalm dictates is not how we are saved. But if we are saved, we should live like this Psalm declares.