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.
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
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?
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
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
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?
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
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.