Today during my prayer time, I came across Psalm 15. I love a good checklist and tend to tell the truth (in my head) while I’m reading that checklist. If I don’t like my answers, I just keep on flipping the pages for something more pleasant, but those answers stay with me. OY!!!
v. 1 Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain? (I’m good here, because I want to…I really do! Oh Lord, may I?)
v. 2 The one whose walk is blameless (uh oh), who does what is righteous (subject to interpretation), who speaks the truth from their heart (I’m feeling pretty good now, kinda);
v. 3 Whose tongue utters no slander (ummm…), who does no wrong to a neighbor (I don’t try to), and casts no slur on others (uh, Proverbs 31 anyone?) – If this entire verse could be removed, I’d be feeling a lot better!
v. 4 who despises a vile person but honors those who fear the Lord (I’m working on despising the deed not the doer…that’s good, right?); who keeps an oath even when it hurts, and does not change their mind (I got this…no longer clenching my jaw!);
v. 5 who lends money to the poor without interest; who does not accept a bribe against the innocent (piece of cake).
Whoever does these things will never be shaken.
So, am I a candidate to dwell (remain, abide, stay) in His sacred tent or on Holy Hill? Wanting to is not good enough, it seems. (“If you are willing AND obedient, you will eat the good of the land.” Isaiah 1:19) Having great intentions won’t get me where I wanna be, either! That stinkin’ tongue!! The truth is we all have work to do. The bar is set so high lest we walk around puffed up monitoring other people’s checklists while we move into pride, marveling at how perfect we are and shunning those who just don’t measure up. Humility goes a long way!
I was checked this morning and am thankful for ears to hear and a willingness to allow Him in to shed His light on the areas in most need of adjusting so that I can humbly claim my spot in the best campsite ever…that sacred tent on Holy Hill!
Hiking shoes (check); rod – to swipe at any enemies trying to impede my progress (check); blinders – can’t afford to be distracted (check); mind stayed on Him (check); pressing forward. Here I come, Lord…save me a spot!!
“Lord, set a guard over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips; give me ears to hear and a tenderness for those You’ve placed in my life so that I may speak words of life and hope, kindness and mercy. Give me the grace to quickly forgive and the ability to walk in the agape kind of love that bears up under anything and everything, overlooks wrongdoing, keeps no record, believes the best and endures without weakening…in Jesus’ name.”