I gotta say I had not paid that much attention to this Psalm before.
For me I thought the whole thing about being in the Holy mountain was about clean hands and pure heart. This Psalm definitely puts some meat on them bones suggesting it’s not just the hands and heart, but the mouth too among other aspects.
As you might have gathered from the title of the blog, I was certainly arrested by the character of someone who wants to be in God’s presence.
who keeps an oath even when it hurts, and does not change their mind; (Psalm 15:4b NIV)
Yeesh. Yikes. Wowsers. Yoiks.
It got me thinking who would exercise that degree of integrity. I get into a tricky position when it comes to a commitment I made and I am looking for the best way out of it. Not so this guy. This guy will do what it takes to fulfil his word. Who does that? Well OK there’s that guy Jephthah who had to give up his only child because of a promise he made to the Lord. It surely doesn’t get much more painful than that.
Oh but it does, because I was then reminded of a Father whose love for His creation was such that He sent His Son to fulfil this very painful prophecy,
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5 KJV)
Wounded, bruised, chastised, lashed with stripes. That is painful and all that as a precursor to being nailed to a cross having been rejected and betrayed. All that to keep His Word.
Now, amazingly, because He kept His Word even though it caused considerable pain, His presence in our lives means we can keep our word. We can do it. Even if it hurts.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden