Coming Before God
Category : General
Psalm 15: 1 (KJV)
1Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?
The question and answer format of this psalm has led to some rather fanciful notions on the part of commentators regarding the possible use of it in the temple ceremonies. Kidner believed that it might have been, “Modeled on what took place in certain sanctuaries of the ancient world.” When a group of worshippers approached the temple, the worshippers raised the question of who should be admitted, and the priest responded with a list of requirements
The Hebrew word means properly to “sojourn;” that is, to abide in a place as a sojourner or stranger; not permanently, but only for a while. The idea in this place is taken from the word “tabernacle” or “tent,” with which one naturally associates the thought of sojourning, rather than that of a permanent abode. It should not be inferred, however, that it is meant here that the residence with God would be “temporary.” The idea of permanency is fully expressed in the other member of the sentence, and the language here is only such as was customary in speaking of the righteous – language derived from the fact that in early times men dwelt in tents rather than in permanent habitations.
The question here is of the utmost importance, It does not mean, “What is his name, or who shall sojourn in God’s tabernacle? but “What kind of person shall be so entitled?” The broader meaning of the question was stated by Barnes. This is the most important question that can come before the human mind. It is a question of, `Who is religious?’ `Who will enter heaven?’ `Who will be saved.
With that in mind, we must, therefore, by no means be indifferent about this matter; on the contrary, we ought rather to exert ourselves in good earnest, that all who profess themselves Christians may lead a holy and an unspotted life. But above all, what God here declares with respect to all the unrighteous should be deeply imprinted on our memory; namely, that He prohibits them from coming to His sanctuary, and condemns their impious presumption, in irreverently thrusting themselves into the society of the godly. David makes mention of the tabernacle, because the temple was not yet built. The meaning of his discourse, to express it in a few words, is this, that those only have access to God who are his genuine servants, and those who live a holy life. let us remember because of His righteousness, we have access to God.
Have a great and God filled day!