Today’s reading: Psalm 12-17, 19-21
As we travel through the Psalms we experience the best of times as well as the worst. In Psalm 15 David gets descriptive. He shares with us what a follower of God looks like. It’s not someone who makes animal sacrifices, but someone who wants to please God. It’s someone who wants to be intimately connected with the God of the universe.
If we want to connect with God on an intimate level, David gives us a description of what that looks like…
Seek God’s presence.
v1 Who may worship in your sanctuary, Lord? Who may enter your presence on your holy hill?
David had a desire to be with God. As followers of Jesus we can enjoy intimate fellowship with God. David desired that intimacy and so should we. Reflect upon your life today and ask what areas of your life do you need to desire God’s presence more?
Obey God’s decrees.
v2 Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right, speaking the truth from sincere hearts. v3 Those who refuse to gossip or harm their neighbors or speak evil of their friends. v4 Those who despise flagrant sinners, and honor the faithful followers of the Lord, and keep their promises even when it hurts.
This covers almost every area of our lives:
Do we represent God to our world? Do we live blameless lives? Do we have integrity? Do we refuse to gossip? Blameless doesn’t mean sinless. Blameless means, are we loyal to God?
Are we honest in our daily lives? Are we honest in our own doings and are we concerned about justice for others?
Are we sincere in our lives? Are we truthful? This quote says it best: Truth is the cement that holds society together. Most problems occur from a lack of truthfulness and sincerity.
Since God is blameless, honest, and truthful, we should desire the same things in our lives. In Christ they are all achievable.
Trust in God’s promises.
v5…Such people will stand firm forever.
In our world we long for stability. Based upon our connection with God we possess it. Nothing can shake our faith or our lives when we put our trust in God and His promises. We are grounded in our eternal covenant relationship with Jesus.
1 John 2:17
…he who does the will of God abides forever.
David wasn’t perfect, but he desired to be one with God. Let’s not look at these as a prescription for what it means to being a follower of Jesus, but a description of how we ought to live.
-Warren W. Wiersbe, The Bible Exposition Commentary, Job-Songs of Songs, (Colorado Springs, CO: David C. Cook Publishing, 2001).