Vs. 1, “LORD, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain?” King David poses a question and then proceeds to answer it in our wisdom psalm today. In contrast to the ways of the wicked in our previous psalm, we see the ways of the righteous. Question: Can any of us live to such a high standard (vs. 2-5)? Like a good Pharisee in Jesus’ day; we could live an outwardly righteous life, but inwardly be dead. Our psalm today is more concerned about our attitude and intention. With a good heart will come the fruit of our faithful lives.
Regarding application…Watch our Tongues. Vs. 3, “whose tongue utters no slander, who does no wrong to a neighbor, and casts no slur on others.” I am currently preaching from the book of James and have been reminded how important it is to tame our tongues. I called the message from James 3:1-12, “Tongue Whisperer.” Not only does slander and slurs hurt others, it ultimately hurts us. Taming our tongues is one of life’s biggest challenges. What comes out of our mouths is often a good indicator of what comes from our heart. Question: Have you done someone wrong? Take time to pray and if appropriate, go and reconcile with this person.