Psalm 15:1-5 (ESV)
O LORD, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy hill? He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart; who does not slander with his tongue and does no evil to his neighbor, nor takes up a reproach against his friend; in 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; who does not put out his money at interest and does not take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved.
This passage again speaks about holiness. The tent and the holy hill referred to are the dwelling place of the Lord in the time of David. They are also allegorical for heaven. So the requirements to dwell in the Lord’s presence are pretty stern.
He who walks blamelessly - well there goes my chances... I am a rebel at heart. I drive about 5mph over the speed limit, because I know the police do not pull you over for only 5mph. Pushing the limit is not walking blamelessly. So I guess I need to change my habits. Although we are not bound by the Law, no one will be blameless under the law, and the Grace of God covers sin, if I am sinning counting on the Lord’s forgiveness, then I am not really repenting, am I?
He who does what is right and speaks truth in his heart - hmm. Not certain that I can qualify here either. I generally do what is right, but frequently waste time at work. So I am not always doing my best. Which in effect means that I am stealing from my employer. So gotta work on that too.
By now, I am certain that you get the point. If you have your own standards, you can rationalize doing many things, but if you look at God’s standards, we are all in trouble.
The saving Grace is that Jesus died for our sins. So let us repent of our sins. Let us grow in grace. Let us look seriously at our lives and decide to change because it is the right thing to do. Not to secure God’s blessing, but out of gratitude for what He has already provided.
I throw myself at the foot of the throne. I must change. Join me in my efforts to be better. Be better.
by Virgil Stripes