O LORD, who shall sojourn in your tent?
Who shall dwell on your holy hill?
He who walks blamelessly and does what is right
and speaks truth in his heart;
who does not slander with his tongue
and does no evil to his neighbor,
nor takes up a reproach against his friend;
in whose eyes a vile person is despised,
but who honors those who fear the LORD;
who swears to his own hurt and does not change;
who does not put out his money at interest
and does not take a bribe against the innocent.
He who does these things shall never be moved.
by: Michaella Osborn.
What does it take to be near to God? That is essentially what the psalmist was asking here. And the answer? To walk blamelessly and do what is just. People who act in the way described in the passage will dwell on God’s holy hill and will not be moved. This psalm acts not just as a description of those who will be close to God, but also as a way for us to reflect on our own actions. Who has never slandered with his tongue or done evil to a neighbor? Thankfully our own wickedness is covered over by the justice of Christ and though we cannot act justly with our own power, we are empowered by the Holy Spirit, who only acts justly.