Here is a good psalm for Christians to use as a guide for self-examination. The question that we must ask in the application of this psalm is “Who will enter heaven?” A person is saved by obedience to the gospel (Mark 16:16). However, he can still miss heaven if he does not remain faithful to God (Rev. 2:10). This psalm gives us the characteristics of one who is faithful to God and fit to live forever in Heaven. It will do us good to look at ourselves in the mirror and make the necessary changes. I really enjoy the simple construction of this psalm. David starts with a question, then he gives us the answer, and finally finishes by giving us the end result.
- The Question: “A Psalm of David. Lord, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill?
- The Answer: He who walks uprightly, And works righteousness, And speaks the truth in his heart; He who does not backbite with his tongue, Nor does evil to his neighbor, Nor does he take up a reproach against his friend; In whose eyes a vile person is despised, But he honors those who fear the Lord; He who swears to his own hurt and does not change; He who does not put out his money at usury, Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent.
- The Blessing and Assurance: He who does these things shall never be moved.” (Psalms 15:0–5 NKJV)
The last sentence of the psalm brings my mind to the ending of Christ’s sermon on the mountain. Notice what Jesus said:
Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, and it fell. And great was its fall (Matthew 7:24–27).
Who will we choose to imitate? The wise or the fool? The blessing and assurance belong to the one who will listen to God’s Word and do what it says. Consequently, the same person is one who is fit for Heaven. That can be you and me. As we walk in this life, let us remember to allow the light of the scriptures to guide our step so that we can be sure that Heaven is our home (Psa. 119:105).