The 15th Psalm

“Lord, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill? He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart and has no slander on his tongue, who does his neighbor no wrong and casts no slur on his fellowman, who despises a vile man but honors those who fear the Lord, who keeps his oath even when it hurts, who lends his money without usury and does not accept a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things will never be shaken.” Psalm 15

Having trouble in your worship lately? We all do from time-to-time, and the 15th Psalm sheds some “light” on one of the major reasons why we do. Note the many references to interpersonal relationships in the Psalm and how the person who “dwells in the Lord’s sanctuary” or “lives on His holy hill” [worships the Lord], keeps those relationships holy and blameless. Trouble in our relationships with God’s people is the #1 reason we don’t see His face more clearly…. it’s the #1 reason our faith is often powerless before the Lord.

James “Jim” Kilby is the Founder and President of Harvest Youth Ministries, and the Harvest Youth Ministry Network, both non-denominational Christian youth outreach organizations. He is also the founding Pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Dayton, Ohio. He is 58 years old, with ten children and 11 grandchildren.

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