Living for Jesus
Friday, June 11, 2010

Psalm 15: A psalm of David. LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill?  2 He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart  3 and has no slander on his tongue, who does his neighbor no wrong and casts no slur on his fellowman,  4 who despises a vile man but honors those who fear the LORD, who keeps his oath even when it hurts,  5 who lends his money without usury and does not accept a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things will never be shaken.               For the last week I have written on a very essential theme of the Christian faith.  I began by showing all that God has done for us in Christ Jesus.  He has redeemed us, guaranteed our presence before Him – when we die and forever, and He has made us the gift through faith and it can never be taken away.  Then I wrote about the Christian response to that reality – we should act like it.  God has given us a gift, free to us, but at great penalty to Himself, and as recipients of that gift we should live in responsiveness.  To do that is an act of sacrifice on our part – a sacrifice of commitment to Him; a commitment to learning about Him; and a commitment to dwell on Him day and night with our thoughts, our minds, and our focus.  Today, I won’t to explore what that kind of response would look like.            You see, David wanted to know what the person would look like who was devoted to God and would live eternally with Him.  He wrote, “Lord, who may dwell in Your sanctuary?  Who may live on Your holy hill?”  That is our question, framed another way.  What kind of person reflects the glory for which you have called us?  And every person who calls themselves “disciples” or “little Christs” (for that is what Christian means) needs to always be asking that question.            God does not hesitate to answer David.  He said first of all, the one who dwells with Me on My mountain will be a person of character.  “He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous.”  Here we see character is a matter of choice.  It is a walk, a journey that begins with a single step.  And Paul adds clarity to that journey by saying, “Not that I have attained it, but I press on. . .”  Our walk is our direction and our direction is toward righteousness.  Righteousness will not be achieved in this lifetime, but the journey  towards righteousness is up to us.  The direction in which we walk is our choice.            Secondly, God says the person of faith’s response to what I have done for you is to value truth in word and deed.  Truth is the foundation of the Christian life.  And truth is not wrapped in the evening news or political pontification or from academics – truth can only be found in God.  To subscribe to any other philosophy, ideal, or theory as a guide for life, is to hold to a lie.            Third, a person of faith’s response to the cross is purity of speech, both in the way we talk and the way we speak of our fellow humans -- “a person who has not slander on his tongue, who does his neighbor no wrong, and who casts no slur on his fellowman.”   To hear the gossip, slurs and slander which take place in Christian circles today is a witness to how far we have drifted from the purposes of God.            Fourth, we see that a person of faith is a person of high godly values.  God said, “[Such a person] despises a vile person and honors those who fear the Lord.”  When a culture honors liars, those with foul mouths, those who deny the Lord by their behavior and words, that culture is doomed to failure.  All we have to do is see the types of people we put into political power to see our values are puny.            Fifth, we see a person of faith is a person of integrity.  He is a person “who keeps his word, even when it hurts.”  Integrity is that characteristic of a person which is the same throughout the week as it is on Sunday morning during worship hour.  Integrity is keeping our word as our bond.  Jesus said, “Let your yes be yes and your no be no.”  In other words, don’t be bound by having to swear on a stack of Bibles, but be of such integrity that people will honor a handshake for they know you will keep your word even when it hurts.            And the person of faith responds to God by being good stewards of the gifts God has given.  God said, “he is a man who lends without usury  and who does not accept a bribe.”  Look at the fine print on your credit card statement.  Interest rates to those who can least afford it are upwards of 40%.  When we see that we can easily see why banks are in trouble – they have zero integrity towards God.  And we certainly have witnessed how our political friends have reacted to the taking of bribes.  That is Washington as usual, and apparently an accepted practice.  And that may be true for the world, but for Christians we have a higher ideal, for we are practicing kingdom living in preparation for standing on the Holy Hill of God.

            When we live like as God instructed in Psalm 15, we will grow in grace, the world we be a better place, and most importantly, we will glorify God in all that we say and do.  And that is what we are living for – for the glory of God.

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