“O LORD, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy hill?” – Psalm 15:1
Psalm 15 was composed by David and is supposedly connected to the removal of the ark on the holy hill, but we can’t know for sure.
The central question of this Psalm is, “Who shall dwell on God’s holy hill?”
David answers these questions in the remaining verses:
- They who do what is right (v 2)
- They who speak truth in their heart (v 2)
- They who do not slander in their tongue (v 3)
- They who do no evil to their neighbor (v 3)
- They who do not take reproach against a friend (v 3)
- They who honor those who fear the Lord (v 4)
- They who do not take a bribe against the innocent (v 5)
Psalm 15 even goes to say that “he who does these things shall never be shaken” (Psalm 15:5).
What is so interesting to me is that the list above mostly consists of a human’s works; it is by his works that he can sojourn into God’s tent and dwell on his holy hill.
But Jesus countered the ideology of doing good things as a means to get into God’s presence. Unlike Old Testament tradition, it is not by our works that we are able to enter the presence of our wondrous God, but by the finished work of Christ on the cross. Praise God!
“Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. ” – Hebrews 10:19-20