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Communion Meditations (2020)

 

Self Examination

Psalm 15

Originally scheduled for November 8

A Psalm of David. O LORD, who may abide in Your tent? Who may dwell on Your holy hill?

(Psalms 15:1 NASB)

 

One of the frequent parts of a good communion meditation is the injunction to “examine yourself.” It is commanded in the Scriptures; it is also good sense. But it is a curious fact about examinations: to be effective, they need some sort of standard against which you can be compared. Such a standard is found in Psalm 15. We shall take it piece by piece.

 

Your Walk

He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness, And speaks truth in his heart.

(Psalms 15:2 NASB)

Let’s look at these three standards.

·         Integrity. Are you the same person on the road that you are at home? Are you the same person at the office or the factory that you are at home?

·         Working Righteousness. Do you do what’s right, or you one who just praises what’s right?

·         Truth. Do you speak the truth from your heart — and thus always maintain consistency — or is your speech tailored to the occasion?

 

Your Neighbor

He does not slander with his tongue, Nor does evil to his neighbor, Nor takes up a reproach against his friend;

(Psalms 15:3 NASB)

This gets a little more personal.

·         Slander. Slander is a juicy little morsel; and it feels good to take petty vengeance knowing that the only consequence is the spreading of the slander. Do you do that, or are you careful to be truthful about those you know?

·         Evil toward your neighbor. Have you ever caused pain or trouble for your neighbor just because it was fun to do it? How does your fun justify their pain?

·         Take up a reproach. Suppose you hear a rumor accusing your neighbor or friend of some particularly foul conduct. Do you repeated automatically? Or do you raise the eyebrow that says, “not until proven.”

 

Your Coworkers

In whose eyes a reprobate is despised, But who honors those who fear the LORD; He swears to his own hurt and does not change;

(Psalms 15:4 NASB)

A little training for the job.

·         Do you have the sense not to trust an evil person? Or do you treat them as a convenient way to get things done in an underhanded way?

·         Do you honor your fellow Christians at work? Or are they sometimes inconvenient?

·         When you give your word, even if you know you may lose on the deal, do you follow through with what you said? Or do you try to weasel out of it?

 

 

Your Money

He does not put out his money at interest, Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things will never be shaken.

(Psalms 15:5 NASB)

It is interesting that David saves this to the end of the Psalm.

·         Unless you happen to be a bank, you will eventually be approached for a loan by someone you should love. Is it in accord with love, or does your lawyer have to approve the deal?

·         Does everyone around you know that you are someone who can’t be bribed? Particularly not for money, but also for favors or the next promotion?

If you are not the kind of person who “will never be shaken,” perhaps now would be a very good time to start to become one.

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