Text for Today – Psalm 15:1 – Lord, who shall abide in Thy tabernacle Who shall dwell in Thy holy hill?
The tabernacle was a place of meeting for the Lord and the high priest. This was the place, later taken by the Temple, where the Ark of the Covenant resided in the Holy of holies behind the veil. This was the place where the high priest came to commune with the Lord in behalf of His people, Israel, to make intercession for them, and to assure that the blood of offering for the atonement of the sins of Israel had been accepted by the Lord. The holy hill was the mountain of the Lord; that place where God chose to meet with His man, the prophet of the Lord, in order to pass down His instructions, laws, and orders through the prophet to the people. These were the designated points of meeting between God and His chosen servants. The priest went to God for the people, and the prophet went to the people for God.
The questions in our Text for Today as who is that person that shall abide and dwell in those two places; the place where God hears and answers, and the place where the man of God hears and obeys. The four verses following our Text for Today answer those questions in a clear and powerful fashion. As you read Psalm 15 in its entirety, one element seems to really stand out profoundly; TRUTH. In order to “walk uprightly and work righteousness,” you must know the TRUTH. In order to “speak the truth,” you must know the TRUTH. By having His Word (the TRUTH) hidden in your heart, you won’t sin through “backbiting . . . doing evil to your neighbor . . . nor taking up reproach against your neighbor.” When you are full of the light of the Word of God, the “vile person” will experience the conviction of Holy Ghost. When you are full of TRUTH, living the TRUTH, you will “swear to your own hurt and change not.” You will be a person of absolute integrity, keeping your word, regardless of its cost to you. You will handle your finance Biblically, not allowing desire for increase to cause you to mistreat any other person.
The last verse brings a marvelous conclusion to this Psalm. “He that doeth these things shall never be moved.” One might say this is a very exclusive, gated community in which to abide. People committed to this level of TRUTH are not often found, but I do believe their numbers are increasing. And as to being a gated community, it is a community that is at the same time both inclusive and exclusive. Keeping in mind that the gate here is one’s mouth, the person’s mouth is always open to the Word of God (TRUTH), and closed to anything contrary to it. If you haven’t already done so, make the decision to move into that community today.
Manna for Today – James 3:1-13; Ephesians 4:29