Thursday, August 23, 2018

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

WHO SHALL DWELL ON THE LORD'S HOLY HILL?
Psalms 15

Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain? (Psalms 15:1)

 
 Psalm 15 is considered to be a didactic psalm that is intended for teaching. Psalm 15, although short, is compacted with a message and imagery that every Christian should reflect upon to understand what a faithful believer is and how we can abide in His Holy presence.
This short psalm begins with a question, ends with a promise, and the verses in between answer the questions illustrated in the first verse. The questions "O Lord, who may abide in Your tent? Who may dwell on Your holy hill?" are figuratively asking who can come in the divine presence of the Lord?-an important question for sill Christians. In verses 2-5a, it lists outwardly actions that can be done that represent an inward faithfulness and truthfulness to the Divine One ( vs. 2b). This is seen as a "righteous man" or faithful believer. The psalm is closed with a promise that those who abide in His presence and is faithful in heart, mind and life, will never he shaken.
It is important to take note that this psalm is not promoting a life of a Christian that may be full of actions and no real relationship with God, but one that is a faithful believer in his heart which is reflected through his actions.
Life Application
Many times as Christians, we can do all works that a Christian is expected to do and behave like, but this Psalm deepens this understanding that a faithful believer is not just actions, but a faith that cannot be moved. As it states in James 2, faith without works is dead and that by works faith was made perfect. These concepts help us understand Psalm 15 better. In order to be a faithful believer, our works should reflect our faith to be made perfect, to come before His Divine presence as it was stated at the beginning of Psalm 15. Our lives should be constantly challenged to move away from just works filled lives, but lives that are reflective of the character of a faithful believer who can come before the Lords Holy presence which every human being longs for.
Prayer:
Lord, many times we may fall into the repetitive actions of Christian living and depend on our works to be considered a "Christian". Help us to know that our faith is our only saving grace and that our works are a mere reflection of the inward change You make in us. Help us to always reexamine our lives and assure that our works are backed up with faith that cannot be shaken. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Clean hands and a pure heart is what God desires.
Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church