Psalms 15: Dwelling with God
Psalms 15 begins with a very important question.
Psa 15:1 A Psalm of David. LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?
Remember, in Old Testament times, God lived in the tabernacle on earth. Before Pentecost, that was the way that the priest was able to open the lines of communication with God. Obviously, He did communicate in other ways in the Old Testament, but the tabernacle was a very important symbol. Therefore, when David wanted to dwell in the tabernacle, we are really talking about living with or walking with God.
How can we develop that kind of intimate relationship with the Creator of the universe?
The remaining verses outline some very important things.
Psa 15:2 He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.
Psa 15:3 He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.
Psa 15:4 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.
Psa 15:5 He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved.
Jesus wasn’t wrong when He said that the entire law can be summed up by loving God with all your heart and loving others as you love yourself. That’s a lot about this chapter deals with. Verse two deals with things related to God, verses three and five are related to others, and verse four is kind of a combination of both of those.
I know that this is a tall order. We are talking about a lot of loving here, and it is particularly difficult to love other people sometimes. Loving God is also difficult, but relatively speaking, loving other people is probably more difficult. People can be a lot more irritating in my own experience. However, notice that this is not optional. It is the answer to the question. Do you want to walk with God? If so, here’s how you do it. You love God, and you love other people.
The concept is simple, but the execution can be difficult. I pray that all of us can work a little more on becoming Christians who are concerned with love.