READ Psalm 15:1-5
A psalm of David.
1 Who may worship in your sanctuary, Lord?
Who may enter your presence on your holy hill?
2 Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right,
speaking the truth from sincere hearts.
3 Those who refuse to gossip
or harm their neighbors
or speak evil of their friends.
4 Those who despise flagrant sinners,
and honor the faithful followers of the Lord,
and keep their promises even when it hurts.
5 Those who lend money without charging interest,
and who cannot be bribed to lie about the innocent.
Such people will stand firm forever.
The rabbis taught that there were 613 commandments for the Jewish people to obey if they wanted to be righteous, but this psalm brings that number down to eleven. Isaiah 33:15-16 gives six requirements, and Micah 6:8 lists three. Habakkuk 2:4 names but one-faith-for faith in Jesus Christ is the only way to have your sins forgiven and be welcomed into the Lord’s presence (John 14:6; Rom. 1:7; Gal. 3:11; Heb. 10:38). The psalm says nothing about offering sacrifices, for spiritual Israelites knew that it was their personal faith that brought them salvation (Mark 12:28-34). – Wiersbe
This morning I’m reminded again that the privilege to come into Your presence is your gift of Jesus to me. Only His righteousness earns me entrance, only your mercy and grace allow me to stay. Please keep these blessings on my heart and mind throughout this new day.
My life is not blameless – “Blameless” doesn’t mean “sinless,” for nobody on earth is sinless. Blameless has to do with my character, integrity, complete loyalty to God and I continually fall short and need the power of the gospel to be able to live with integrity, to get to “Blameless” – The psalmist isn’t pointing out what I must do to be saved, but what I ought to do because I am saved.
Teach me to seek Your presence, enable me to obey your ways ( v.2 – blameless character, righteous conduct, and truthful conversation) and to trust in Your promises.
The following is an excerpt from: Timothy Keller & Kathy Keller. “The Songs of Jesus”:
INTEGRITY. Who gets to draw near to God? Those who speak true words (verse 2), but in love (verse 3) and generosity (verse 5). Those who are transparent, honest, and faithful to their word, not always changing their minds (verses 4 and 5). If we deceive, vilify, and flatter, if we make empty promises and overblown claims, we cannot expect God’s presence in our lives. This standard not only challenges us but also reminds us we can go to God only through his grace. No one but Jesus ever lived with perfect integrity (Hebrews 4:15), but because he is our Savior, we can go in to God (Hebrews 4:16).
Prayer: Lord, the sins of my tongue are so many! Forgive me for talking too much (because of pride), for talking too little (because of fear), for not telling the truth (because of pride and fear), for words that are harsh and cutting, for hurting others’ reputations through gossip. Purify my words with your Word. Amen.