Bible readingThis post is part of a series of Bible passages largely ignored these days in mainstream Christianity.  You can read past ‘forbidden verses’ here and here.

Today’s selection, Psalm 15, is taken from the New King James Version.

 

Psalm 15

A Psalm of David.

 1 LORD, who may abide in Your tabernacle?
         Who may dwell in Your holy hill?
         
 2 He who walks uprightly,
         And works righteousness,
         And speaks the truth in his heart;
 3 He who does not backbite with his tongue,
         Nor does evil to his neighbor,
         Nor does he take up a reproach against his friend;
 4 In whose eyes a vile person is despised,
         But he honors those who fear the LORD;
         He who swears to his own hurt and does not change;
 5 He who does not put out his money at usury,
         Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent.
         
         He who does these things shall never be moved. 

Who shall see the LORD and be with Him?  Those who ‘do the right thing’, to borrow a popular phrase.  It is the person who is sincere in his faith and just in his doings.  He speaks the truth at all times.  He deceives no one. He does not criticise someone else behind his back, nor does he insult or slander him.  He does not gossip.   He does no harm to his neighbour.  He honours his friendships.

Note the word ‘despised’ in verse 4.  Viewing it in a more positive light, one could say: ‘Keep all good company’.  Do not associate with those who slander, deceive or harm anyone. Instead, befriend and respect those who are in awe of God.  ‘Swearing to his own hurt’ means keeping one’s promises, even if it means material loss or lack of worldly prestige.

The man who shall see God does not take advantage of people when he lends money to them nor does he accept bribes, particularly against those who are righteous and unfairly charged with wrongdoing. 

The man who shall see God is like the Hill of Zion — the ‘holy hill’ referred to in verse 1: he shall be constant, unmoving, unyielding — at all times upholding God and His precepts.

You can read more here.