Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain? The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart; whose tongue utters no slander, who does no wrong to a neighbor, and casts no slur on others; who despises a vile person but honors those who fear the Lord; who keeps an oath even when it hurts, and does not change their mind; who lends money to the poor without interest; who does not accept a bribe against the innocent. Whoever does these things will never be shaken. – Psalm 15
1. Lead blameless lives – vs. 2a
2. Do what is right – vs. 2d
3. Speak the truth from sincere hearts – vs. 2c
4. Refuse to gossip vs. – 3a
5. Refuse to harm their neighbours – vs. 3b
6. Refuse to speak evil of their friends – vs. 3c
7. Despise flagrant sinners – vs. 4a
8. Honour the faithful followers of the Lord – vs. 4b
9. Keep their promises even when it hurts – vs. 4c
10. Lend money without charging interest – vs. 5a
11. Cannot be bribed to lie about the innocent – vs. 5b
God puts the highest priority on personal integrity (i.e., character, honesty, honour, faithfulness) as it relates to keeping our promises and commitments – to God and to others (Deuteronomy 23:21 – 23). It is better to make promises than to make and then break them. God is a person of His word and He expects His followers to be people of their word. This was true in the Old Testament, and is still true for New Testament believers. Few things give Christianity a bad reputation faster than those who claim to follow Christ but who have been known to lie and break their commitments. Some examples of how we break commitments include not paying our bills on time; not giving our best efforts at home, school or work; or not being honest in our relationships with others. We must follow through on our promises and commitments, even when they turn out to be more difficult than we expected.
David concludes the psalm by saying, “he who does these things will never be shaken.” Our ears ought to really perk up when we hear such a statement like we will “never be shaken.” If we want to have the security of God’s approval, and knowledge that we will dwell with Him, then we must have a holy character, holy speech, holy conduct, holy values, holy integrity, and a holy use of money. Remember that we become what our desires make us. Who we become reveals what we really desire. If you desire the praise of men, then you will become a certain kind of person. But if you desire the praise of God, then integrity will need to become a priority. As you sense the overwhelming holiness of our Creator, you will understand how unraveled you are. But as you focus on the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, you will recognize that even though you may feel undone, you are not undone because he has made you whole. His grace is sufficient, for his power is made perfect in your weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9).
Source: Culled from SALM’s article in the Spectator newspaper.