KEY THOT: To "sojourn in in your tent (tabernacle)" is to abide in God's presence. In the NT this would mean having God's presence with us wherever we go. It means being a carrier of God's glory as we go about our business of life. And God's presence is a guarantee of success in our every endeavour: "And David had success in all his undertakings, for the Lord was with him" (1 Samuel 18:14). However, this blessing of the Lord's presence is not automatic. David asks, "Who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy hill?" And he answers himself: "He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart." And David goes on to enumerate what that means in practice (vv.3-5):
- "does not slander": Undermines no one's reputation by speaking evil of them.
- "does no evil to his neighbour": Does nothing to harm our neighbour; in fact, find ways to bless them.
- "nor takes up a reproach against his friend": Does not take up a case against friends but instead find ways to support them.
- "a vile person is despised": Opposes evil and evil-doers who are bent on wanton destruction, murder and anarchy.
- "honors those who fear the Lord": Honours fellow believers those love the Lord and fear Him.
- "who swears to his own hurt and does not change": Keeps promises made to others even if means disadvantaging oneself.
- "does not put out money at interest": Lends without requiring interest.
- "does not take a bribe against the innocent": Does not corrupt justice for monetary reward.
When we live like that, we can be assured of God's presence in our lives. And wherever we go and whatever we do, we know He is there to back us up and guarantee our success.
Father, help us walk blamelessly, does what is right and speak truth in our heart always so we may abide in Your presence. Amen.