LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill? He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart and has no slander on his tongue, who does his neighbor no wrong and casts no evil on his friend, who despises a vile man but honors those who fear the LORD, who keeps his oath even when it hurts, who lends his money without usury or interest and does not accept a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things will never be shaken or moved. (Psalm 15:1-5)
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Never shaken...Never moved. I do not know about you, but these are two things that my faith could really use. When I stress, I shake. When my days are full of worry, my faith seems rocky. And when I get too comfortable, my faith feels idle - it becomes easily overlooked.
Perhaps you find yourself here right now. Days are warm, slow, sunny (or rainy), and plain long. Vacations feel closer than ever, being on the top of your thoughts and desires.
But sadly, jobs or school are still demanding your all. Bills are piling higher and higher. Household chores and responsibilities weigh you down. And you wish you had the time - the means - to do all that you really want to do.
Though we hate to admit it, our faith is not as solid or unmovable as it should be.
But with clarity, David explains a few of the "pillars" needed for a solid faith. I think of a low bridge across a roaring river. Without a stable foundation, any bridge would collapse from the pressure of the water below.
And the same is true of our faith. If we want an unmovable and unshaken faith, then there are some key nuts and bolts that we must add in. Though there are six listed out in today's Psalm, my challenge is for you to take the two or three that stand out and spend your weekend working through them.
1. "A blameless walk..." As difficult as it may sound, living blamelessly is one of the best ways of growing an unshakable faith. The enemy and this world will always try to point fingers at us and our shortcomings, but a blameless life proclaims God's work despite those shortcomings. It does not mean to be perfect, but to be genuine, authentic, and real. A blameless person owns up during their failures and is humble through their successes.
2. "Who speaks truth..." Our words flow from our heart. A unmovable person has a heart that flows-forth truth. When our words begin to slander (tear down others) it makes known that our hearts need a check up. A slanderous mouth is carried by the waves of situations and emotions, not directed by the life-giving words of the Holy Spirit.
3. "Who does his neighbor no wrong..." This is a biggie. We are much slower at "doing right" towards our neighbors; our close-ones; our families. You can tell if a person is unshakable not by how they appear in public eye, but by how they respond, act, and behave when confined in the privacy of their own home.
4. "Who despises the vile, but honors those who fear Lord..." We live in a world that overly communicates sin as funny; as comical. And without realizing it we can begin to prize and honor that style of humor. Seeing sin as sin and people as God's desired children is how we can keep from moving in sin's path.
5. "Who keeps his oath..." As convicting as this is to my own heart, I have come to realize that indecisiveness can easily fall into being a sinful pattern. Even when it hurts, a blameless person does what they commit to do and does not do what they commit against. Too often, our faith gets as movable as our commitments; our oaths; our words.
6. "Who lends money without..." Lending, giving, and serving is only authentic when it is done without a heart that desires a pay-back. It is a fine line, but God calls us to a level of living where we pour out in the world without the inner motive of being refilled by the world. Unshakable faith knows that it is God who fills us; restores us; blesses us.
Take time and reflect through these pillars.
Which ones stand out to you, and why?
Have a great day and weekend. As always, please feel free to share, comment, and continue in on our study this upcoming Monday!
Greg, Declare Glory