Character paves the way to Intimacy with God
In Psalm 15, the writer answers the question for those who feel that God is dead, distant or dormant
He starts off by asking: “Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain?”
And then God brings the writer to answer the question of what it takes to maintain nearness to God…
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.
If you’re looking for closeness to God, consider this: In every relationship there must be respect, trust and communication in order for that relationship to grow.
I love how the writer concludes this chapter of thought: Whoever does these things will never be shaken.
God is looking for people of character to lead this generation. He is looking for men and women who will do the right thing, as defined by God, regardless of personal cost.
In this chapter, there are five checkpoints that we must ask ourselves:
1. In my current state, am I standing firm or do I feel shaken up?
2. Am I living a life for God?
3. Am I being truthful in speech, without slandering others?
4. Am I worthy of trust from others?
5. Am I being generous with my time or money?
God makes it clear, that character will breed intimacy with Him. Whoever does these things will never be shaken.