Psalm 15 – Heaven’s Entrance Exam
Do you have a favorite restaurant? How about a favorite get-away retreat? Everyone has what I’ll markers in life. Those are things we often go back to in order to celebrate and/or evaluate. For me, one of those is Psalm 15. I like to “stop by” and look at this short little Psalm that begins with the very BIG question: Who may abide? The Burnett translation is:
Who gets to live at God’s House?
Like so much of God’s Word, there’s a great deal packed into five little verses. So how does David answer his opening question?
Psalm 15 – Not graded on any curve!
Looking through the verses of the Psalm, we see the person who can live in God’s house. What do you see?
- An upright person
- A righteous person
- A truth-speaking person
An insight to “speaking the truth in his heart” is a person who is honest with him or her self about him or her self. That’s tough!
Moving on down, we see a person who doesn’t harm others with the tongue. Ouch! That’s someone who refrains from sharing the latest, juicy gossip about a brother or neighbor. A bunch of folks have lost sight of that one!
If the tongue thing wasn’t hard enough, next we see a person who knows what evil is and actually calls it evil! Does that person actually exist in a society obsessed with political correctness? We don’t seem to be able to call anything wrong anymore. Looks like Heaven’s population isn’t growing very fast!
I Know Your Test Results!
There are a couple of verses left, and you can “fill in the blanks” on those. If we’re honest, we know each other’s score on this test in this Psalm. Why? Because we all failed! So why would I want to visit this Psalm and beat myself up over what I can’t do?
It’s not about what I can or can’t do. Who meets the standard in Psalm 15? Christ does. What is God’s truth about you and me? We are hid in Christ. We are robed in His righteousness because, quite frankly, we don’t have any. That is a mind-blowing thought. Only He could love like that.
Because He meets and exceeds every one of those requirements, so do we. Should we strive to meet them? Of course. But as you struggle and grow to be a person whose life is marked by such traits, be blessed and encouraged that Christ meets them.