Read | Psalm 15
Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent?
Who may live on your holy mountain?
The one whose walk is blameless,
who does what is righteous,
who speaks the truth from their heart;
whose tongue utters no slander,
who does no wrong to a neighbor,
and casts no slur on others;
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;
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.
Respond | Ian Graham
Psalm 15 asks the question of each one of us as individuals, what does it mean to dwell with God? To walk. To dwell with God is to walk with God. We don’t get to build a bastion of holy security and seclusion, safe from the outside world. God’s holy hill is not a fortress to be protected but a house in which we arise each day in shalom. And just as the earth constructed a temple in Genesis 1 and 2, the whole earth, which means every aspect of our lives, every moment, and every task is an invitation to behold God’s presence.
The Lord doesn’t stay in his holy tent. The Lord is not found in sanctuaries made with human hands, rather the whole earth is a temple and we, when we carry him into every corner of our lives, his priests. To dwell with the Lord is to walk with him through real, lived life.