From Psalm 15:
“Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent?
Who may live on your holy mountain?”
Who may live on the Lord’s holy mountain? “The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart.”
At first pass, this answer can be discouraging, for “Who can say, ‘I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin’ ”? (Proverbs 20.9). Then we remember Christ Jesus, who lived a sinless life, fulfilling the Law; whose righteousness is credited to us who believe.
Hallelujah – we’re in! We can approach the throne of grace with confidence! (Hebrews 4.16). But we’re not off the hook…
Before we boast of being ‘mountain dwellers,’ we need to read the rest of Psalm 15, which goes on to describe the characteristics of the mountain dweller:
- speaks the truth from their heart;
- tongue utters no slander,
- does no wrong to a neighbor,
- casts no slur on others;
- despises a vile person, but honors those who fear the Lord;
- keeps an oath even when it hurts, and does not change their mind;
- lends money to the poor without interest;
- does not accept a bribe against the innocent
These characteristics point to how we treat one another. They are not acts that we must perform to earn a place on God’s holy mountain; they are the fruits or evidence that we are indeed dwelling on God’s holy mountain.
Jesus reinforced this thought when he spoke to his disciples in the upper room:
“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples,
if you love one another.” – John 13.35
Treating each other as described in the Psalm is the evidence that will be weighed by those around us. Conversely, if we don’t treat each other with love, that will also serve as evidence to be weighed by those around us.
Are we dwelling on God’s holy mountain? If so, the evidence will be found in how we treat each other.