Summary: Psalm 15:1 LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill? ❶ Seeing the Hill ❷ Climbing The Hill ❸ View From the Hill ❹ Living On The Hill
- Wed night Sept 9
- On Capitol Hill
- Joint session of Congress- President Obama denied that health care legislation would provide free coverage for illegal immigrants
- Joe Wilson Rep. congressman from South Carolina yelled, "You lie!"
❶ Seeing the Hill
Who has the privilege of close fellowship with God
- Ps 24:3 - Ps 15:1
— v.1 “thy holy hill”
3 Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place?
1 LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?
- Bickels Knob the highest point in Randolph Co. WV
- Long winding dusty narrow road
- Parking lot at the top does not bring you to the top
- Now a 100 yd. climb on a still upward path
- Finally the top
- Still you can’t see any thing because of tall trees.
- A 100 foot tower of winding stairs takes you above the trees to a platform that gives a 360 spectacular view
- Most people do not do not get here because of the difficulty the effort and themselves being out of shape
- Are we finding the holy hill difficult?
- Do we carry too much Sp weight?
- Requirements daunting
Two who did not meet the conditions
• David attempted to bring the ark to Jerusalem,
- They moved it on a cart.
- The oxen stumbled
- Uzzah tried to steady it,
- The Lord struck him dead
• David’s response
- “How can the ark of the Lord ever come to me?”
- How can anyone ever live in God’s presence?
- So he left the ark with Obed-edom.
With Ananias & Sapphira a lie destroyed them
❷ Climbing The Hill
• Have integrity - Internal Character 15:3
- Walk uprightly
• Serve - Outward deeds 15:3
- Work righteousness
• Truthful in thoughts & speech 15:2
- Speaks the truth
• Respectful Relationships 15:3
• See evil for what it is 15:4.
• Values Christian Leaders - 15:4
- Give honor to those who fear Go
• Honest business practice 15:4-5
- Keeping promises
- Being fair
- It is with out Christ
- The starting point is Honesty
- Ridding the load getting into condition
❸ View From the Hill
1. Honest with God
"Behold,You desire truth in the inward parts" (Psalm 51:6 NKJV).
• Do I often participate in corporate praise and prayer while my heart is cold, indifferent, or resistant to the Lord?
• Are my prayers honest? Do I honestly communicate my real feeling
• Do I honor Him with my thinking
• Am I quick to agree with God when His Spirit convicts me of sin
• Do I love the truth so much that I actively and regularly ask God to search my heart and to reveal anything that is displeasing to Him?
2. Honest With Myself
"But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves" James 1:22
• Are there truths in God’s Word that I am not practicing in my life?
• Do I ignore, the conviction of God’s Spirit to my sin?
• Do I think more highly of myself than what God knows me to be?
3. Honest With Others
Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth :rh his neighbor; for we are members one of another" (Ephesians 4:25).
• Do I often leave others with the impression that I am spiritually OK?
• Am I allowing my spouse to believe that I am morally pure and faithful when I have failed morally?
• Am I hiding specific sins or failures from people I know?
• Do I put up walls to keep people from seeing the "real me"?
• Am I willing to let others into my life—to be honest about my spiritual needs, to ask for prayer about those needs, and to be accountable to others for areas where I need to grow or change?
❹ Living On The Hill
A Hill Gives:
- v.5 ends with a life being rooted and anchored – he who does the things shall never be moved