Does This Describe You?



Psalm 15
1O Lord, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy hill?
2He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart;
3who does not slander with his tongue and does no evil to his neighbor, nor takes up a reproach against his friend;
4in 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;
5who does not put out his money at interest [Literal Hebrew - “Do not give out your money with a bite] and does not take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved.

In the last Psalm (14) we examined the life of the fool. Psalm 15 deals with the interior life of the child of God. I say interior because it is in the heart where our deeds – good and evil – are born. The entire psalm swirls around one phrase for me this morning; speaks truth in his heart. The child of God doesn’t lie – especially to herself.

“Psalm 15 contrasts the blameless saint who walks with God with the fool of Psalm 14. Psalm 15 is a more elaborate version of Hebrews 12:14: “Make every effort … to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.” Jesus likewise said, “Unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:20).”
Brug, J. F. (1989). Psalms 1–72 ( p. 81). Milwaukee, WI: Northwestern Pub. House.

This psalm is bracketed for me by speak truth in his heart and shall never be moved. If you are truthful with yourself, that is going to splash out on the rest of your life. You will most likely be truthful with others. If you’re lying to yourself, that’s going to splash out as well. If you’re lying to yourself you don’t possess any truth to share with others. Living in truth makes for a firm foundation and you shall never be moved.

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