Who may worship in your sanctuary, LORD? Who may enter your presence on your holy hill?
Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right, speaking the truth from sincere hearts.
Those who refuse to gossip or harm their neighbours or speak evil of their friends.
Those who despise flagrant sinners, and honour the faithful followers of the LORD, and keep their promises even when it hurts.
Those who lend money without charging interest, and who cannot be bribed to lie about the innocent. Such people will stand firm forever.
[Psalm 15:1-5 NLT]
Psalm 15 is so hugely challenging. It seems at first reading to put the onus on us to behave in a certain way — in the way that the four statements beginning “Those who ...” lay down as imperatives.
There is no doubts that commitment and purpose are required; we need to be aware of and fully understand The Lord’s nature, co-labouring with Him. However, Psalm 15 implies that this is an uphill challenge. It is uphill, trying to reach the highest heights of a holy walk, but Jesus said My yoke is easy and My burden is light.
In the co-labouring there is no stress, because Jesus has already paid the price for us, so that the Holy of Holies awaits us as our dwelling place. We cannot live up to His standards without Him. In Christ’s company, we cannot fail if we hold onto Him. Be as He is; hold onto Him, seeking His continuing and continual presence on His holy hill.
Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”
[1Peter 1:13-16 NKJV]
Rest your hope fully upon His grace!
Your Presence Is Heaven Free Chapel
It is easier to stand true to a testimony which is mouldy with age because it has the dogmatic ring about it that people agree with, than to talk from your last moment of contact with God.
GEORGE and GILL STEWART