Show me Your ways, O LORD; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day. (Psalm 25:4-5, NKJV, emphasis added)
Can speak truth in your heart.
LORD, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in your holy hill? He who walks uprightly, and works righteousness, and speaks the truth in his heart. (Psalm 15:1-2, NKJV)
At first glance this Psalm appears to be telling us to break the ordinances concerning the tabernacle by allowing non-priests to enter. This Psalm is ascribed to David from the tribe of Judahwho could not enter the tabernacle because he could not be a priest, because priests were Levites. So what is going on here? On the one hand we can look at this passage by looking at the tabernacle as representing God’s presence, and thus the question asked is who can abide in the presence of the Lord? If we are looking at this passage as pertaining to who can come into the presence of God in worshipful waiting on the Lord the answer is the person who walks uprightly, who works righteousness, and speaks the truth in his heart. The phrase walks uprightly in the Hebrew means the person who waits on God, and from the Christian viewpoint, is developing Christian character and has a lifestyle that is right in the sight of God; his whole manner of being is ordered of the Lord. The phrase works righteousness then means the person with Christian character has an active faith that serves others and can be measured by man and glorifies God. The phrase speaks the truth in his heart concerns the manner in which the disciple of the Master, in waiting, not only serves others, but speaks righteously and that speech flows from the Spirit of truth from his innermost being.
On the other hand, if we are looking at this passage in the prophetic light of Scripture as a whole and the tabernacle is to be taken more literally as to take place with a higher priesthood, then we look at it similarly, but with the work of Christ in mind. The picture we see in the temple cleansings in the Old Testament is that holiness before the Lord matters. In the New Testament we are called to be holy (1 Peter 1:15-16). These are characteristics of a person who is developing Christian character by waiting on God, who understands that it is by Christ that we can approach God in His holy habitation. We approach God through Christ because He is our High Priest. These character traits show themselves through waiting on God and expressed as a person who walks uprightly, who works righteousness, and speaks the truth in his heart. The heavenly throne room as Hebrews 4:14-16 illustrates for us:
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (NASB)
This blog, and resulting meditation, reflects upon approaching God through waiting on Him with great hope. Pray about how the Holy Spirit can incorporate the following concepts into your daily waiting on the Lord:
- Walking uprightly
- Working righteousness
- Speaking the truth in your heart