Psalm 15:1 – Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent?
Who may live on your holy mountain?
2 The one whose walk is blameless,
who does what is righteous,
who speaks the truth from their heart;
3 whose tongue utters no slander,
who does no wrong to a neighbor,
and casts no slur on others;
4 who despises a vile person
but honors those who fear the Lord;
who keeps an oath even when it hurts,
and does not change their mind;
5 who lends money to the poor without interest;
who does not accept a bribe against the innocent.
Whoever does these things
will never be shaken. (NIV)
In my sermons I often point out that being a Christian is more than just attending worship services, and it’s more than attending Bible Studies. These things are important, but God desires more. It’s not that God desires more from us, rather it’s that God desires more for us.
In today’s reading, we find a description of one who truly seeks more than a label such as ‘Christian’, we find a description of someone – who through the power of the Holy Spirit – has become a new creation. Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 5:17 – “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
Psalm 15 is just one of many places in the Bible that we find a description of the characteristics of this new creation. God wants to create something new in each of us. Does God desire this just so that we will behave, walk the line, and stay out of trouble? No. I mentioned that God desires more for us, and it’s true. When we become a new creation we live life with strength for our days that we did not formerly possess.
The final verse of Psalm 15 states: “Whoever does these things will never be shaken.” The world seeks to shake us every day! There are many events in life that can shake us and cause us inner turmoil. God wants more for us than a life lived with inner turmoil. God wants us to live with inner peace. Paul tells us in Philippians 4:7 that when we live life under the authority of Jesus Christ that, “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Today, let us remember that we are called to be a new creation through Jesus Christ, and that there is peace for new creatures! Let us live life never shaken by life. That, my friends, is Good Stuff!
Posted by Ramón Torres