The past five weeks we've been looking at Psalm 15 and asking the question, "Who is invited to dwell on God's holy hill?" Today is the sixth and final installment in the series.
You can't really understand Psalm 15 unless you recognize its purpose. This Psalm is an invitation to admit to your moral shortcoming; it's not a challenge for you to overcome. You would be insane to try and meet the standard of righteousness laid out here.
Why would God invite us to consider our inadequacies? Isn't He supposed to be an encouraging, motivating, and loving Father? Yes ... and Psalm 15 doesn't negate those character qualities.
You see, God invites us to dwell on His holy hill only after we abandon our own righteousness and put on Christ's: "For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." (2 Corinthians 5:21)
This is such an encouraging invitation, but there's one thing I need to say to you: if you accept the invitation, you have an obligation (Romans 8:12). The Apostle Paul says, in essence, that you cannot accept the invitation of the Gospel without also accepting it's obligation to live righteously.
Some of you reading this devotional are not living in accordance with the Gospel because you're reveling too much in the invitation and have abandoned obligation. At the same time, others are measuring their worth by obligation - either discouraged by failure or puffed up with pride - because you're forgetting the invitation.
Both sides are dangerous, but there's abundant and balancing grace for all. I would encourage you to examine your heart with honesty. You have nothing to fear when you discover your shortcomings. Christ is your righteousness.
Paul David Tripp
- Review Psalm 15 again. Where do you fail most?
- Why do you think you struggle with that area the most, and what may help you?
- Why is it tempting to abandon obligation?
- Why is it tempting to live by obligation?
- Which side do you lean towards more - invitation or obligation? How can you live a properly balanced life?