Who Shall Abide in God’s Sanctuary?

 

O LORD, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy mountain?

He who walks blamelessly, and does what is right, and speaks truth from his heart; who does not slander with his tongue, and does no evil to his friend, nor takes up a reproach against his neighbor;  in whose eyes a reprobate 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.

Psalm 15

While I prayed this psalm during evening prayer today, I realized that this should be my prayer, this should be all of our prayers during this Advent season and during the entire liturgical year. Our goal and purpose is to “sojourn in God’s tent”. Therefore, we should listen to what Scripture says of the man who dwells with God.

  • He walks blamelessly
  • He does what is right
  • He speaks truth
  • He treats his friends and neighbors respectfully
  • He despises those without principles
  • He honors those who walk with God
  • He stands by his words and actions even when it is painful to do so
  • He doesn’t cheat others out of their living
  • He respects and does right by the innocent

This is just one of many many passages in the Bible that describes what it means to be holy, and is a great starting place for an examination of conscience. I pray that God would give me the grace to be each of these things, enabling me to live a life worthy of the calling I have received.

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