“Lord, who may dwell in Your sanctuary? Who may live on Your holy hill? He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart and has no slander on his tongue, who does his neighbor no wrong and casts no slur on his fellow man, who despises a vile man but honors those who fear the Lord, who keeps his oath even when it hurts, who lends his money without usury and does not accept a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things will never be shaken.” – (Psalm 15)
My initial reaction is, “I am hosed.” Then I remember that I am not expected to be blameless in my own strength. My source and supply, my hope and my help, are all firmly established in the Lord. On my own, I would never measure up. However, in Christ, He sees me as blameless before Him, as I earnestly seek Him, and do my best to walk upright before Him. By faith, I become a bit more equipped each day, to do as He calls me to do.
To do what is righteous, is to do the right thing, even when no one is looking. God sees, and He honors the heart that longs to do His will.
Speaking the truth from the heart is not always easy, but it is what we are called to do. It does not mean speaking unkindly, nor casting judgment upon others, but it is a call to speak the truth in love, always.
Slander is the poison that pricks the hearts of both the speaker and the hearer. Unkind words about another passed on, perpetuate problems rather than solve them.
If the greatest command is to love God and love others, then how could we do wrong to our neighbors or slur our fellow man?
To despise a vile man and honor those who fear the Lord, seems to mean honor those worthy of recognition in God’s eyes, not in the sight of what’s popular. Certainly a paradigm shift from what is popular in much of the media today.
Keeping an oath even when it hurts, is keeping our promises, no matter what. If we give our word, we must be men and women of integrity in order to represent well, our Redeemer.
Lending money without usury, is a matter of choosing to be generous with our resources. If we have the means to lend money, we should do so with open hands, without looking for an exorbitant return. The purpose of lending is to assist, not devastate our fellow man.
Accepting a bribe against the innocent, seems to explain itself. Bribes are bad. The innocent are meant to be protected. End of story.
in Your holy house?
Those unto You,
the faithful, devout.
Speakers of truth,
who speak not the lies;
wrong not others,
vile men, despise.
Those who honor,
the ones who fear You;
who keep their word,
forever, stay true.
Those who will lend,
to others in need;
for those who’ve been freed.
All who will choose,
to live unto You;
won’t be shaken,
for You make us new.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that in You, we are able to live upright before You. Thank You that our righteousness is not dependent on our ability or strength, but rather on our trust in Yours. Forgive us for failing to trust You completely in the times where we have failed and fallen short, and help us to be quick to repent and return to You. Thank You that You receive us each time that we call on Your Name, and that You are patient and loving as You instruct us in the ways we are meant to go. Teach us to trust You more, so that we might more clearly reflect Your character in all that we say and do. May many come to know You as their Savior and Redeemer, as we live in the light of Your love. Be glorified, our loving and gracious Father. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.
Shout aloud and sing for joy. – Isaiah 12:6