Sunday, November 13, 2011

Sunday Psalm: 15 - Who may dwell in God's holy hill?

Man reading Psalms at the Western Wall. Jerusa...Image via Wikipedia

Psalm 15

A Psalm of David.
 1 LORD, who may abide in Your tabernacle?
         Who may dwell in Your holy hill?
        
 2 He who walks uprightly,
         And works righteousness,
         And speaks the truth in his heart;
 3 He who does not backbite with his tongue,
         Nor does evil to his neighbor,
         Nor does he take up a reproach against his friend;
 4 In whose eyes a vile person is despised,
         But he honors those who fear the LORD;
         He who swears to his own hurt and does not change;
 5 He who does not put out his money at usury,
         Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent.
        
         He who does these things shall never be moved.

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David is the author of this psalm. He was a "man's man" -- a warrior, tribal leader, king. He was also a worshipper and seeker after God. He counted God's presence as the greatest blessing on earth. 


Centuries later Christ came as the "son of David" and gave us an interpretive key to the Old Testament Scriptures: they speak of Him. Who is the man of Psalm 15 who ascends God's holy hill and abides in his temple? Who is this righteous man? To ask this question is to answer it. It is Christ. Christ ascended the hill of God and abides in his temple. 


Those who would do the same must do it through him. Whether you be Jew or Muslim or Hindu onew-age, or nothing-much-of-all hear his whisper: "I am the way... no man comes to the Father but by me".

2 comments:

Dollops said...

Although rich in truth regarding the nature of man and our relationship to God, the Old Testament, as in this psalm, demands hard attitudes toward enemies and lenders but soft treatment of errant friends. Christ, in contrast, instructs us to love all and actively seek their repentance and reform - especially our friends.

RkBall said...

That's an interesting comment.

"... nothing intellectually compelling or challenging.. bald assertions coupled to superstition... woefully pathetic"