O LORD, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy hill? He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart; who does not slander with his tongue and does no evil to his neighbor, nor takes up a reproach against his friend; in whose eyes a vile person is despised, but who honors those who fear the LORD; who swears to his own hurt and does not change; who does not put out his money at interest and does not take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved. (Psalm 15)
How can we enjoy life in God’s presence?
This is the most important question a person can ask, because it pertains to what the Westminster Shorter Catechism calls “the chief end of man,” which is, of course, to “glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” This is what’s being asked in Psalm 15: “Who shall sojourn in Your tent? Who shall dwell on Your holy hill?”
Essentially, the psalmist desires to know how to fulfill his chief end.
He goes on to list a number of character traits which mark the life of one who enjoys God’s presence. Such a person is honest, generous, faithful, and just. Yet one trait stands out and ought to convict us in a particular way: a person who enjoys life in God’s presence “speaks truth in his heart” (v. 2).
The most foundational step to enjoying life in God’s presence is seeing to it that our hearts are being increasingly conformed to God’s truth.
The heart is to a person’s life what a steering wheel is to a car. As Jesus said, “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matt. 12:34). Your life will ultimately be directed by what captures your heart.
Therefore, a heart that is captured by God’s Word will be directed toward God Himself. The result will be greater enjoyment of His presence and righteous living that glorifies Him. This is crucial for us as individuals, yes, but it is equally important for us as a church. Therefore, as LifePoint gathers this Sunday, each of us must remember: God glorified through us and enjoyed by us—our chief end—begins with His Word in us. A church “who does these things shall never be moved” (v. 5).
PRAYER AND REFLECTION
- Jesus prayed for His followers, “Sanctify them in the truth; Your Word is truth” (John 17:17). What does it mean to be sanctified in the truth? What would that look like for you personally? Join Jesus in praying this, that God would sanctify your life by the truth of His Word.
- What practices in your life are hindering you from greater enjoyment of God’s presence? What practices do you need to take up in order to give God’s Word its rightful place in your schedule, energy, and focus? Ask God to give you wisdom here. You may want to begin by meditating upon a passage of Scripture such as Psalm 19:14 or Romans 12:2.
- As Sunday approaches, how will you prepare to receive God’s Word? How can you pray for LifePoint? Ask God to speak powerfully among us. You might take some time to review what we’ve studied thus far in 1 Thessalonians (chs. 1-3).
Set List for Sunday, March 17, 2019:
- The Passion (B. Ligertwood, S. Ligertwood, S. Davenport)
- All Hail King Jesus (J. Riddle, P. Mattis, R. Jackson, S. Gretzinger)
- There is a Fountain Filled with Blood (W. Cowper)
- You Never Change (M. Dawes, A. Ivey, J. Reeves)
- Build My Life (P. Barrett, K. Kaple, K. Martin, M. Redman, B. Younker)