PSALM 15: HIS HOLY PRESENCE
What an inspiring Psalm!
My Bible references to “your sacred tent” and “your holy mountain”, as the resting place of the ark of the covenant, where the presence of God was and where worshipers assembled.
Is this not the desire of every one who has a relationship with God? To be in the midst of the fullness of His presence. To be able to stare at His beauty and draw from the richness of His wisdom and His teachings. It reminds me of another Psalm, one of my absolute favourites: Psalm 27:4 “One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple” NKJV.
And then, here in Psalm 15, it gives us the answer to our desire: We live in His Holy presence when we are Holy as He is Holy.
In His incredible grace, God sent His Son to make a way for us into His Holiness, even while we were sinners. We can enter into His presence through the blood of Jesus at any time.
But, here is the key to live a life which is saturated by His continuous presence. Here is the key for our desire to “abide” and to “dwell” (NKJV) in the midst of His countenance; To continuously behold the beauty of the Lord: It is only by living a life which is righteous, blameless, honest, innocent, faithful, honouring and respectful towards others. It speaks of a character that pursues truth and integrity. A character that devotes itself to be like the character of Jesus. It is a character that stands in vast contrast to a world which is promoting the maintenance of self at all costs.
And yes, we get it wrong, we fall and we look with conviction at our selfish actions. Yet, we get up and with everything we have, we are devoted to pursue a life that is worthy of the covenant relationship with God. As the ark of the covenant in the “sacred tent” or the “tabernacle” was a reminder of the promise of blessing that God made to His people, His presence reminds us still that “whoever does these things will never be shaken” (v5). That is the reward we have in living a life that reflects the character of Jesus; He fights on our behalf and we shall not be shaken, we shall not be moved. We live lives of righteousness and integrity, lives that promote others, rather than ourselves. We do that freely, because we know that the God who made a covenant promise to us is still fighting on our behalf and the fullness of His continuous presence in our lives is our biggest blessing.
Prayer: “Oh Lord, we so desire to dwell in your sweet presence. May you grant us the grace to live lives that are worthy of You. May you help us to reflect you more accurately to the world. Thank you for your faithfulness towards us, we boast in You alone!”
– MARIEKE ROUX