Dwelling in the Holy Hill

Psalm 15

Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?

This is still a question today.  There are many different views on who will get to heaven.  Some think you have to be baptized by submersion to get there.  Some think you must have the gifts of the Spirit (Rom 12:6-8) in operation to get there.  Some have certain rules in their own church that you must follow to get there.  And some think that Christ died for all, and a loving God won’t send anyone to hell. so we’re all going to heaven.

I believe you must be born again to get to heaven.  In John 3, Jesus says this exact thing, so I take His word for it.  But how is one born again.  Romans 10:9-10 explains it best

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

We must make this confession ourselves.  It is not an automatic thing.  And it is only by His grace that we are saved – nothing that we do can bring us salvation.  Eph  2:8-9 explains

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Not of works, lest any man should boast. 

So if you have not accepted Jesus Christ, do it today.  You’ll never regret it.

He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.

He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.

6 things we should all strive for.

Walking uprightly means to me that people should know I am a good man by the life that I live.  No rumors of impropriety, no bad reports, no police record, nothing they can hold against me and say “Aha, he’s a Christian and he does that!”

Working righteousness simply means we do the right thing.  NO doubt you all remember the big movement a few decades ago that asked the question “What Would Jesus Do”.  It was a very good thing to ask oneself, but the whole movement and slogan became so cool that people who had no concept of what Jesus would do were wearing the bracelets or T-shirts.  It is a good idea to consider what Jesus would don in any situation, because He is our righteousness.

Speaking the truth in my heart.  I must be realistic.  Remember that our of the heart, the mouth speaks.  First, I need to make sure I am telling myself truth – this knocks out all gossip and bad thinking about other people.  It removes false rumors from my mid so I ca concentrate on what is true.  Later in this study we wil come across Phil 4:8, which tells us to think about things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely and of good report.  That is the proper mind set.

Do not backbite.  There is no place for speaking bad about someone else.  We are called to live above the petty things the world gets all riled up about.  we are called to speak words that edify and lift up others (Eph 4:29).  I should never allow a bad word about someone else to escape my lips.  I will be judged for that (Matt 12:36)!

Don’t do evil to your neighbor.  Basically this means don’t do anything to anyone that will make them angry.  We are supposed to be ambassadors of His love.  If we go around making people upset by our actions, how is that spreading the gospel?  What is that teaching them about Christians?  Remember, what we do to our neighbor, we do to Christ! (Matt 25:34-46)

Do not take up a reproach against your neighbor.  This follows the last one perfectly.  If we have something against our neighbor we are told to go to them and ask forgiveness.  It’s up to us to correct the bad blood between us.  Jesus expects us to keep the peace in all of our relationships.  So swallow your pride and make things right!

In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the Lord. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.

He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved.

David finishes up this psalm with more things we need to observe to enter into the Holy Hill.  Honor those that fear the Lord, remain steadfast in the faith, don’t lend money with interest and don’t wrongly charge someone who is innocent.  I am not going to expand on these points except to say they are all good things to practice and make a part of our lives.

If we do these things, listed here in this psalm, then we become like that tree by the waters in Psalm 1 – we will not be moved from our faith.  We will not be found floundering in doubt and fear that heaven is not our final resting place.  Our assurance will always remain, and we will be at peace.

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