Summary: Everything you need to know if you want to get to heaven.
Dakota Community Church
November 24, 2013
Who Shall Dwell on
Your Holy Hill?
O Lord, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy hill?
2 He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart; 3 who does not slander with his tongue and does no evil to his neighbour, nor takes up a reproach against his friend; 4 in whose eyes a vile person is despised, but who honours those who fear the Lord; who swears to his own hurt and does not change; 5 who does not put out his money at interest and does not take a bribe against the innocent.He who does these things shall never be moved.
On the table here is life with a Holy God.
Here is what we must do if we want to live in God’s presence.
1. Walk blamelessly and do right.
2 He who walks blamelessly and does what is right...
What does it mean to walk blamelessly and do right?
Is it to try your best? Is it to do more good than bad? What is meant by blameless?
17 And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. 19 You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.’” 20 And he said to him, “Teacher, all these I have kept from my youth.” 21 And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” 22 Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
God’s standard is so high as to seem absurd to us.
Our automatic response to these passages is, “It can’t mean what it seems to mean.”
When we talk about sin, is there ever a case when you must except blame?
When we talk about holiness, is there ever a case where you must admit to having done wrong?
What does this mean concerning your chances of living with God?
2. Speak only truth.
2 He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart;
Think about what a wide range this is; first notice the phrase “in his heart”, this really expands the ground covered by this verse doesn’t it.
If we had forgotten the name of our God or spread out our hands to a foreign god, 21 would not God have discovered it, since he knows the secrets of the heart?
“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
14 The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus. 15 He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight.