Churches were filled last Sunday as we celebrated Easter 2017. Maybe you were one of those who filled your church’s worship center. Hopefully, you were inspired by the reminder of the incredible love and amazing grace we have in the risen Christ. When we ponder our Savior, He certainly brings hope for the future. But how do we face our future? What can we do to keep our eyes on Jesus from here? How do we go about living a life that reflects the character of Christ and the hope of Easter?
Psalm 15 is a short yet powerful passage that gives us direction for life. The opening lines ask, “Lord, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill?” In other words, “God, how do I maintain my relationship with you?”
David, the author of this psalm, answers his own question in four ways. His first thought is that we should have godly actions, “He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous.” If we want to live a life that reflects that Jesus is our Risen Savior, we can strive to live a life of purity and right thinking. Doing the things that we know God desires for us is a great first step!
Second, David writes that we should have a godly tongue. “Who speaks the truth from his heart and has no slander on his tongue.” James wrote in the New Testament that the tongue is difficult to tame. He said that the tongue is like a spark that can start a forest fire. Have you ever started a fire with your tongue? I know I have!
David also encourages us to have godly relationships. We are to do no wrong to our neighbors and cast no slurs on them. We should keep our word and do what we say we are going to do. Simply put, we should live by the Golden Rule. Do to others as you would have them do to you.
In the last part of Psalm 15, David encourages us to have a godly wallet. We are to give to those who are in need. Be liberal in generosity. Don’t lend money for the purpose of earning interest and certainly don’t accept a bribe.
The last sentence in David’s brief message is a powerful promise. “He who does these things will never be shaken.” Would you like to live an unshakeable life? Would you like to have a foundation so firm that when life quakes you hardly feel it? May I suggest that you apply David’s four point sermon to your life? Live your life for the Risen Savior with godly actions, a godly tongue, godly relationships, and a godly wallet. You won’t regret it.