Psalms of Honesty and Truth
Who is invited? When couples are working on a guest list for weddings and parties, it is amazing the criteria that goes into making the “cut” to be invited. You hear, “Oh, definitely invite Uncle George and Aunt Mary they are rich and give generously.” “Let’s cut the Smith’s from the list, they drink too much and will cause trouble.” “Please, not your uncle, he smokes and tells bad jokes!” “We have to bring this list down to only this number!” “Who get’s cut next?” “Yea, but I love him, he has to be invited.” Wow, it is behavior and lack of intimate relationship that most often gets cut from the list. Mm. Is getting into the wedding celebration like getting invited to God’s place? Mm.
David honestly asks God, “Who gets invited to dinner at your place?” David, who knows God and is the “apple of God’s eyes”, already knows the answer. Behavior and the motivation at the heart of our relationship is the key that opens the door to God’s place. Israel had two factions, those who loved and obeyed God and those who did not. This is what provoked the question, “Who is invited?”
It’s important to note that Psalm 15 is not a prescription for being saved but a description of how saved people ought to live if they want to please God and fellowship with Him. The list contains both positive and negative qualities, and these qualities must be present in all of life at all times. Believers who would fellowship intimately with God must follow David’s example and meet three personal requirements.
Psalm 15, The Message
A David Psalm
God, who gets invited
to dinner at your place?
How do we get on your guest list?
2 “Walk straight,
tell the truth.
3-4 “Don’t hurt your friend,
don’t blame your neighbor;
despise the despicable.
5 “Keep your word even when it costs you,
make an honest living,
never take a bribe.
“You’ll never get
if you live like this.”
–Integrity–blameless character, “walk straight”. What we are largely determines what we do and say, so the first emphasis is on godly character.
–Honesty–righteous conduct, “act right”. People who “work righteousness” are honest in their own dealings and concerned that justice be done in the land.
–Sincerity–truthful conversation, “tell the truth”. Truth is the cement that holds society together. More trouble is caused in families, neighborhoods, offices, and churches by gossip and lies and the people who keep them in circulation than by any other means. The Lord wants truth in our innermost being, and He wants us to love the truth and protect it.
In Jesus Name, Amen