HOLY MOUNTAIN FUTURE
LORD, who may dwell in Your sacred tent? Who may live on Your holy mountain?
The one whose walk is blameless,
who does what is righteous,
who speaks the truth from their heart;
Whose tongue utters no slander,
who does no wrong to a neighbor,
and casts no slur on others;
Who despises a vile person
but honors those who fear the LORD;
Who keeps an oath even when it hurts,
and does not change their mind;
Who lends money to the poor without interest;
who does not accept a bribe against the innocent.
Whoever does these things
will never be shaken.
Beginning a new venture, I anxiously wait for a year or two to be over with; for then some history will be created. Experience will propel me forward. Yes, yes of course we are always learning but what confidence for a future, a history lends. My first daughter’s bouts of childhood viruses brought anxiety, worry and sleepless nights. By my third daughter my level of care was no different. Yet familiarity with the drill directed my path to stock up on Pedialyte or Gatorade, operating on a muted schedule for the next day or 3. A history enables us to function forward but is our history what defines our future? Is our next step based only in experience?
Psalm 15 opens with an intimate conversation between David and God; an awesome question. Lord, who may dwell in Your sacred tent? Who may live on Your holy mountain? (Psalm 15:1) Lord, who are those that are with You? What does their past look like? What does their life look like?
Do I measure up? I begin to squirm… A gauntlet of condemnation appears, heavy with “little” sins and big decisions from my history.
God’s response is surprisingly NOT – David, look back at what you’ve done! The answer are verbs like works, speaks, does, does not, honors. God is not as concerned with my past as He seems in creating a new future. He clearly points to where my feet are planted and the direction of my next step; not the dust that has been kicked up in error. The one whose walk is blameless.(15:1) The past is not forgotten, it has brought wiggling toes to the edge of this moment. The whispers between David and God Himself release the burden of falling into the repeated step of the past. God did not say whose walk HAS BEEN blameless, He said whose walk IS blameless. Despair replaced with hope. I am free to speak truth from the heart, no longer does my tongue utter slander or slurs on others. (15:3) God is pointing to be new; a new step forward.
Feel the warmth of Jesus’s breath in this Psalm, His love and compassion, pointing a step towards new ground. Take one clean step, towards honesty, uprightness, helping others. Motive only to set a soul upon His holy mountain. Honoring those who fear the Lord! Keeping promises or an oath even when it hurts.(15:4).
For a moment, stand on this ground in faith poised for a new step. Steal a glance behind at your past. As eyes shift over our history, with Jesus, light soars in reverse. Forgiveness enters into each and every “little” sin, grace surrounds those big decisions. We now gaze upon an illuminated path ending here pointing in a new direction. Jesus infuses strength and love into a new way which changes all the way. While we can learn from our history, it does not have to dictate what a future holds. A future holds, on acceptance of Jesus this moment, now – our work, speech, what we do, what we honor, in the new. Jesus will redeem a history to match over and over. We become the one who does these things that shall never be shaken.(15:5)
Dear Lord, Thank You for the fore thought of David to record his deepest thoughts with You. David’s prayers so often mirror my own when I take the time to think on them. I pray You work within my heart to know and believe these truths not only for others but for myself Lord. Thank You Lord.