In the space of 5 verses, the Psalmist (David) challenges me to the core of my being. My whole spiritual life and conduct is impacted by David's answer to the tough question he poses in the beginning of Psalm 15.
This is the question: “Lord, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill?” – Psalm 15:1
His answer then precedes to list a number of qualities that God requires of us - these qualities are the one's required in order that we would be allowed to dwell in God's sanctuary.
· Be blameless
· Do what is righteous
· Speak the truth
· Don’t slander
· Love your neighbour
· Don’t lie
· Turn from the vile
· Honour those who fear God
· Keep your promises (even when it hurts)
· Lend money graciously
· Don’t accept bribes
And if we get this small list right, then we will never be shaken! (15:5)
Wow! What troubles me is that I can’t put a big tick next to each one of these, all the time, so does this mean I can’t be in God’s presence? Well, if I don’t know Jesus, then the answer is ‘Yes’! I am not worthy to be in the presence of God. However, through the love and work of Jesus we gain access to the ‘holy of holies’ – It is his life that grants me access to the sanctuary of God.
Reflection: I am granted access into the presence of God by Jesus, not my good works. However, when I stand in the presence of Almighty God I should want to live out these qualities that David mentions in Psalm 15.
Living in Grace