Dwelling in the Presence of The Lord

LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill? He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart. [He that] backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour. In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. [He that] sweareth to [his own] hurt, and changeth not. [He that] putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these [things] shall never be moved. –Psalm 15:1-5

Can there be a better goal than to live each day as if we were in the presence of the Lord? There are a few things we can do here to make each day seem better:

  • Walk uprightly: tamyin (Strongs H8549) sound, wholesome, unimpaired, innocent, having integrity: what is complete or entirely in accord with truth and fact. We need to live each day as people of integrity. People should not question our motives and our word should be our bond. We need to live and speak the truth. That is what it means to walk uprightly. It has to come from the inside out and that only comes from a close, intimate, relationship with God where His Spirit indwells you.

The main thought here is broken down into a couple of sub-thoughts or sub-points and the third verse continue the second’s and gets a little more specific: don’t slander your neighbor or bringing shame on your neighbor

We should not be holding up those who are vile, we need to have the courage of our convictions to condemn the wrong and honor those who fear the Lord and do right! We tend to get wishy-washy when it comes to pointing out sin for fear we may offend somebody. I do not propose to run out and be mean to people but if we care about them we need to point out the truth in love (and in IMO after a long searching in our own hearts to purify us of both sin and motive). We need to move cautisouly, carefully, yet move with purpose.

As for the last verse, I would like to quote Matthew Henry:

He is one that will not increase his estate by any unjust practices, v. 5. (1.) Not by extortion: He putteth not out his money to usury, that he may live at ease upon the labours of others, while he is in a capacity for improving it by his own industry. Not that it is any breach of the law of justice or charity for the lender to share in the profit which the borrower makes of his money, any more than for the owner of the land to demand rent from the occupant, money being, by art and labour, as improvable as land. But a citizen of Zion will freely lend to the poor, according to his ability, and not be rigorous and severe in recovering his right from those that are reduced by Providence. (2.) Not by bribery: He will not take a reward against the innocent; if he be any way employed in the administration of public justice, he will not, for any gain, or hope of it, to himself, do any thing to the prejudice of a righteous cause.

Those who do have a most wonderful promise: We shall never be moved. Not from here on earth and can look joyfully towards the one in Heaven.

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