“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.”
This is a very short chapter! But it earns another bonus post! I am open to suggestions about what to make the bonus post about. Just leave a comment.
There have been times recently where I wish I could live in a Christian community, just being in fellowship and constantly in the presence of God. Spending time learning and growing, reflecting on holy things. Operating in God’s will and encouraging others. Maybe it sounds too good to be true. And as I learn, I find that the community I desire exists in the church that God has placed around me.
David starts out expressing his desire to be in the presence of God- the tabernacle was the place were man could go to met with God. David goes on to answer his own question. In those days, the upright were the ones who held tight to the traditional religious practices of the time. Those of us on this side of the cross should take it to be living life in fellowship with God. That means we follow the commandments given, bear our own cross each day, and devote time to God. It may seem like we do less (no sacrifices or atonement through blood, no curse for disobedience, etc). Yet, self-discipline is not something practiced by many Christians. Our devotion to God should be just as active and evident as it was in David’s time! Uprightness and Righteousness go hand-in-hand. (I did a study on those a few months ago, along with obedience, and plan to make it a bonus post some day.)
Another answer David gave for the one who can enter the presence of God is that he speaks the truth. The part that follows that is very important too, “He that backbiteth not with his tongue”. That is slander, gossip, criticism, etc. Basically anything that doesn’t edify, don’t say it. David knew how important it was to treat others with kindness. He seems to have had a lot of experience with being slandered. The rest of the words in the chapter expand on the importance of living uprightly and speaking the truth. The righteous man honors God, is true to his word, shows respect, uses his money wisely, etc. Those who obey are blessed. And reside in the presence of God forever.
Take care, brothers and sister. Keep the Faith!