Psalm 15 and Our Filthy Rags

Description of a Citizen of Zion.

A Psalm of David.

1 O Lord, who may sojourn in Your tent?
         Who may dwell on Your holy hill?
             2 He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness,
                     And speaks truth in his heart.
             3 He does not slander with his tongue,
                     Nor does evil to his neighbor,
                     Nor takes up a reproach against his friend;
            4 In whose eyes a reprobate is despised,
                     But who honors those who fear the Lord;
                     He swears to his own hurt and does not change;
            5 He does not put out his money at interest,
                     Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent.
  He who does these things will never be shaken.

Verse 1 asks the question that ought to be on the conscience of every human being on the planet. The next four verses give the answer. One third of a verse (5c), the last line, declares the confidence of one who can answer the question well. But while verses 2-5 give the answer, none of us are capable of living out the answer that is given.

The psalm lays out both the life we should live but the life we can’t live.

Only one Man has ever lived out verses 2-5 with absolute integrity, absolute righteousness, absolute faithfulness, without compromise, in every situation, no matter what duress surrounding them. And it is only His righteousness, His perfection that can truly answer the question of verse 1.

Jesus ALONE has lived this way and it is His righteousness
that He gives to us when we believe on Him as our atoning sacrifice.

He imputes to us what He gained by His own merits and what we could never gain by ours. (Romans 3:22; 4:11; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 3:9)  

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Read Psalm 15

In Your Tent Everything is Holy

In Your tent everything is holy.
Everything is righteous,
Everything is pure,
Nothing is stained,
Nothing is unfit,
Truth surrounds You,
All Your works are good.
And purity surrounds You like starlight.
Angels adore You,
They bow down before You,
Crying Holy, Holy, Holy,
….. Lord God Almighty.

And You, through Christ, impute Your holiness
to the ones You redeem,
to the ones You rescue,
to the ones you call Your own.
You plunge us under the cleansing flood 
of our sinless Savior,
You replace the filthy rags of our lives

with white robes that You purchased for us.
You clothe us with the righteousness we could not attain,
….. we did not deserve,
….. and could never earn.
Yet,
“You have not dealt with us according to our sins,
  Nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.”
Instead you covered us with Your righteousness.
And adopted us into Your family.

Let the redeemed of the Lord say so.
Let us say so over and over and over again,
Til the day comes when we can tell Him
Face to face.

Go to Psalm 16

and here.


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