Psalms 15 is amazingly beautiful, have you read it lately? If not, pull out your Bible and just read through it. Inspiring and lovely! The first verse presents us with a dare: “Lord, who dares to dwell with you? Who presumes the privilege of being close to you, living next to you in your shining place of glory? Who are those who daily dwell in the life of the Holy Spirit? “
David is the author of this Psalm. David was the kind of man that asked God hard questions, and he also asked himself hard questions. He really wrestled with life, his burning passion to know God, compelled him to ask those questions. He was a man after God’s own heart. He lived in a place of passion. So, David has asked these questions of God, and then in the rest of the Psalm he answers them.
Those who dare to dwell with the Holy God are “passionate and wholehearted, always sincere and always speaking the truth-for their hearts are trustworthy.” This is not about religion, is it? This is about those that have formed a lifetime habit of walking a pure life. There is nothing done in secret that would bring dishonor to the King of Kings. Nothing! If we are to live a life that is pure; it has to come from deep within. Our motives must be pure! When truth comes from our lips, then the heart must follow.
“They refuse to slander or insult others; they’ll never listen to gossip or rumors, nor would they ever harm another with their words.” Our words hold power. In James 3:2 it says this: “We all fail in many areas, but especially with our words. Yet if we’re able to bridle the words we say we are powerful enough to control ourselves in every way, and that means our character is mature and fully developed.” Wow! that is a powerful statement. I have failed with my words numerous times, how about you? Thank God for the power of the Cross, right? Isn’t it interesting that when we are able to control our words, we are also powerful enough to control ourselves in every other way. Bridling the words we say brings us to a place of maturity.
“They will speak out passionately against evil and evil workers while commending the faithful ones who follow after the truth.” This reminds me a lot of the day we are living in. Our country is witnessing the spewing of words, and the limited count of those that stand up and speak the truth against an evil that continually swarms around us. It takes guts to look into the truth of our nations leaders, to investigate fraud and theft, and to voice our stand on all of it. Thankfully, there are some willing to take a stand, even knowing that the cost is great,
“They make firm commitments and follow through even at great cost.” Again, it takes strength, selflessness, and so much perseverance to make a commitment and follow through with it, especially when you know there will be a cost. Commitment do cost-time, money, sacrifices, patience, willingness, and an attitude of selflessness. Not at all easy when there are so many demands on our lives. Sometimes making a commitment and following through involves being threatened, harassed, beaten down- Just look at the disciples of Jesus. They made a commitment to follow Jesus for all of their life, the cost was their earthly lives. Pretty big deal.
“They never crush others with exploitation or abuse and they would never be bought with a bribe against the innocent.” A godly man or woman cannot be bought. With Christ deep in theirs hearts, greed and money are conquered; integrity runs deep in their veins. They are passionate about doing the right thing, and can be trusted. This is the one who cannot be shaken, the one that will stand in the House of God forever.
“They will never be shaken; they will stand firm forever.”
These are the ones that DARE!
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