40 Bible Stories, Day 15: Unshaken

The Unshaken LifePsalm 15

Psalm 15

Lord, who may dwell in your sanctuary?

Who may live on your holy hill?

 He whose walk is blameless

and who does what is righteous,

who speaks the truth from his heart

 and has no slander on his tongue,

who does his neighbor no wrong

and casts no slur on his fellowman,

 who despises a vile man

but honors those who fear the Lord,

who keeps his oath

even when it hurts,

 who lends his money without usury

and does not accept a bribe against the innocent.

He who does these things

will never be shaken.

(NIV1984)

 

We all understand morality.  In fact, the Scripture teaches us that all men have received a conscious and understand the difference between right and wrong.  No one reading this would ever wonder if it is wrong to tell a lie.  However, the idea of right and wrong is really not the issue in this psalm.  We are taught to live blameless and do what is righteous and then every example given to us has everything to do with how we treat other people.

Romans 13:10

Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

(NIV1984)

                Not only are we being taught to treat others well, but the expectation is to go above and beyond and do NO wrong to our neighbor.  When we go out of our way, even when it hurts the passage says, to do what is right for others, the promise is that we will not be shaken.

Shaken?  What in the world does this mean?  Hebrews, Chapter 12 teaches us that we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken.  It cannot be moved off of its foundation.  It cannot be changed, altered, skewed, defeated, or destroyed.  A kingdom is a society with laws set up by the King.  What the king says is final without argument.  If God says you will be blessed, then you will be blessed.  If God says yes, then it’s yes and if He says no, then it’s no.  There is no discussion.  Within this kingdom, nothing can come against the word of God.  Nothing can come against His promises, His plan, His purpose, His vision, His outcome.  Nothing can shake what God is doing.

We can choose to be citizens of this Kingdom or not.  It is a spiritual kingdom right now.  As believers, we are credited with being citizens of this Kingdom, but we can only enjoy the benefits of this kingdom if we live within it.  Psalm 15 draws the borders of this great Kingdom.  When we reside within the commonwealth of Heaven on Earth, we are unshakeable.  Nothing can move us from God’s promises and plans for our life.  We can’t be pushed away from His goodness and mercy.  We will not fall away from His beauty and grace.  The Devil and all his minions can do their worst, but in the end, we will not be moved.

Love others.  Love God.  And refuse to be shaken!

Daniel 2:44

“In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever.

(NIV1984)

                 What relationships in your life do you need to make right that you might live a life unshaken?

Pastor Lee is the Lead Pastor at CrossRoads Community Church in San Antonio, Texas. His message focuses on the healing power of Scripture through the power of the Holy Spirit. He is the Father of three awesome sons and he is madly in love with his wife, Amy. And his favorite past time is losing golf balls in the rough while attempting to play a round of golf.

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2 comments on “40 Bible Stories, Day 15: Unshaken
  1. KarenBurorughs says:

    I’m long on the “vile person”, but then I have to ask if the “vile person” is a neighbor that i need to love on. In my case, I have a group of “liberals” colleagues, gay, pro choice, discounts God etc….. I get pretty rowdy on Facebook with them…..

  2. Pastor Lee says:

    Loving those who deny God or discount God is difficult. I was tweeting with an atheist the other day who said that all wars and basically everything evil came about as a result of Christianity, therefore, He could not believe that God was real. I tried to respond with ‘truth in love,’ but I am not sure it was received. I think that is the most difficult part. No matter if we love, it is not always received, but I guess the love of Christ was also not received by everyone.

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