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December 26, 2019

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year
Christian Standard Bible for 2019

Text: Revelation 1-3
Audio: Revelation 1-3

Psalm 15 (ESV)

A Psalm of David.

Lord, who shall sojourn in your tent?
    Who shall dwell on your holy hill?

He who walks blamelessly and does what is right
    and speaks truth in his heart;
who does not slander with his tongue
    and does no evil to his neighbor,
    nor takes up a reproach against his friend;
in whose eyes a vile person is despised,
    but who honors those who fear the Lord;
who swears to his own hurt and does not change;
who does not put out his money at interest
    and does not take a bribe against the innocent.
He who does these things shall never be moved.

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  1. The Holy Place of God

    Today's psalm is reminiscent of Psalm 1 which focuses on the requirements for approaching God's presence at the sanctuary. 

    Before the temple was built, the "tent" was the symbol of God's dwelling with the people of Israel. The holy hill refers to Mount Zion where the temple was located. Only those who walk blamelessly, and who do what is right and speaks truth in their hearts can "sojourn" in the tent of God and dwell in His holy hill (Psalm 15:2). 

    It's interesting that David mentions the heart before the tongue, doing evil against a neighbor and bringing reproach against a friend (Psalm 15:3). 

    The ESV Study Bible notes say of this psalm:

    "This is a hymn celebrating the ideal worshiper of the Lord. Some call it an entrance liturgy, prescribing questions and answers by which the priests examine would-be worshipers for their qualifications for entering holy space. This is unlikely, however, since the qualities described in this hymn are matters of the heart, and thus no priest could know whether or not they were present. Similar passages appear in Psalm 24:3–6 and Isa. 33:14–16. The singing congregation does not claim to have achieved these character qualities; instead, in describing them the members yearn to have them more and more."

    Do you yearn in your heart to have Christ's qualities?

    How do you nurture this yearning to become more like Christ?

  2. The way we treat others — even behind their backs — bears witness to what is in our hearts. I always try to remember that what I speak "in secret" is not secret at all. Not to God. If I want to bring Him glory in every area of my life, including in my heart and in my thoughts, then I must allow Christ to reign in every area of my life, including in my heart and in my thoughts. Otherwise I am holding back from Him what He wants to put to death in me. 

    The Bible is clear about the words we speak being of great importance not only to our witness and testimony toward one another, but of great importance to God.

    I wanted to know more about slander in particular this morning. 

    GotQuestions.org says about slander, 

    "The New Testament references slander as part of our old sinful nature. Slander has no place in our lives when we become new creatures in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). Colossians 3:7–8 says, 'You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.' Our words are to be dedicated to the glory of God, just as our bodies are (Romans 12:1–2Ephesians 4:29). Those who know God have a responsibility to refrain from slander: 'With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be' (James 3:9–10). Slander is one practice that must be put to death if we intend to follow Jesus (see Romans 6:11–14)." 

    I want the words of my mouth to always give glory to God!

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