As I try and keep our daily email fresh for all of us and keep mixing it up between different parts of the Bible, I thought I would return to the Psalms for a short while.
So we resume with Psalm 15. Do read it through first yourself, it is quite short.
As you looked at the questions in v.1, and the answers in the rest of the Psalm, I wonder what is your initial thinking?Do you make it? Can you dwell in the Lord’s sanctuary, live on His holy hill as His guest or not?
Part of you might say yes, because that is what you want, that you believe in Him, that you want to be with Him.Part of you might say no or I’m not so sure, because the standards are pretty high – whose walk is blameless (v.2), no slander on his tongue (v.3), who does his neighbour no wrong (v.3). And you humbly have to confess that actually you fall short of what is required.
But looking at the Psalm Christologically (to use a technical term meaning looking at it through the person, nature and role of Jesus Christ) we realise that actually humanly speaking He is the only one who meets the qualifications, who can answer the questions with a big YES.
BUT, as we put our faith and trust in Jesus, and are made righteous and blameless through Him, through His life, death and resurrection,then amazingly we too can humbly come into the presence of Almighty God.As St Paul writes, ‘If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ…’ (2 Corinthians Chapter 5 verses 17-18).
And so as we now live in God, and He lives in us, we realise that these qualities contained in this Psalm are what we should desire and aim for, what we should be like, as the Lord by His Spirit changes us.One commentator on the Psalms puts it very briefly and clearly like this to describe the heart of a Christian.His character – true (v.2)His words – restrained (v.3)His allegiance – clear-cut (v.4a)His dealings – honourable (vs.4-5)His place – assured (v.5b).
Will these qualities shape you and I today?
In our prayers today, let us pray for those who used to come to Here 4 You regularly, that we as a church might be able to reconnect with them in the future:- Tracey; Melanie; Chris; Marianne; Mikala & family