- Lord, who shall dwell in Your tabernacle? Who shall dwell in Your holy hill?
- He who walks and lives uprightly and blamelessly, who works rightness and justice, and speaks and thinks truth in his heart.
- He who does not slander with his tongue, nor does evil to his friend, nor takes up a reproach against his neighbor.
- In whose eyes a vile person is despised, but he honors those who fear the Lord – who revere and worship Him: who swears to his own hurt and does not change:
- He who does not put out his money for interest to one of his own people, and who will not take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved.
Psalm 15 is full of ways that we can be in the House of the Lord or not be in the House of the Lord, dwelling in His holy hill. I believe the most important one being speaking and thinking truth in the heart.
The truth is vital to our walk. If we believe a lie, it will wreck our faith. If we believe even a small lie about ourselves, that is not acceptable to the Lord. It is important to spend time pouring our hearts out to the Lord. He knows it is there.
But who can know the heart? We do not know. The best way is by talking it over with Him. We hear our own words, and our heart is revealed to us. Then we can pray and ask the Lord to remove the problem and He will if we believe.
We must not slander, nor bring reproach. What does it mean to bring reproach? Reproach means blame. So, we are not to blame someone even if we know they are guilty. We just keep the matter to ourselves. Some think it is okay to slander if it is truth. But it is not okay. We are not to criticize or be judgmental or we will be judged.
Finally, we are not to charge interest to one of our own people. We can lend money to our family and friends without interest. We are not to pay their bills. They should pay us back without interest. We are not to make money off of their misery.
These are all from the Old Testament before Jesus. We know we can only come to His House by the Blood of the Lamb. But the Psalms are true and point us always in the right direction. We need to be dwelling in the House of the Lord to be ready for His return which is the only truly safe place.