Psalm 15 – Conditions of Fellowship With God

Fellowship with God is not a casual affair.  It is something that is very intentional and should always be taken seriously.  So, in this song of David, he reveals to us habitual life patterns that keep us in communion and “on the same page” with God.

The language of verse 1 describes someone who has settled down, who is able to rest and relax in one’s presence.  This kind of proper comfortableness can only come about by becoming more and more familiar and acquainted with someone or something.  So beginning in verse 2, the psalmist begins to describe the habits, the norms of one’s life that keep us close to God.  Also, we must always remember if we feel distant from God, it is not bcause He walked away from us, but we have walked away from Him.  That is why James says in 4:8, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”

In Psalm 15:2, the word “blameless” speaks of integrity and an overall consistency in one’s life, not of perfection.  As we sometimes describe it, our walk should match our talk.  Doing what is right and speaking honestly, what is sure, reliable, dependable speaks for itself.  A “slanderer” here is one who spies out others, seeking information to traffic along to someone else.  The word “harm” that is used here literally refers to the deep hurt that a friend or favored, trusted companion can cause.  It is reserved for those close, intimate relationships.

In verse 4, if we want to stay in fellowship with God, we need to learn to devalue what God despises and give great weight and worth to what God is blessing.  This verse also gives emphasis to being true to our word.  We need to not break, change or alter what we have promised – even if it hurts.

Verse 5 reminds us that people and relationships should be more important to us than money.  When we strive to integrate our relationship with God into every area of our lives we will experience a growing partnership with God.  In fact, the psalmist ends with a great promise.  One who is in fellowship with God will never be “upended.”  This word means shaken, moved, or overthrown.  What stability is born out of our continual communion with God!  This reminds me of the words of Jesus in Matthew 7 : 24 – 27.  “Everyone who hears these words of mine and does them is like a wise man who built his house on rock.  The rain fell, the flood came, and the winds beat against that house, but it did not collapse because it had been founded on rock.  Eveeryone who hears these words of mine and does not do them is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.  The rain fell, the flood came, and the winds beat against that house, and it collapsed; it was utterly destroyed.”

The wisest thing we can do in life is stay in close communion with God.  Stay on The Rock!

For His glory,

Pastor Jeff