Who can be with God?
God is the Holy One. Can we stay with God? The Bible keeps promising that God is with us and we can worship God. However, when we think about God’s holiness and our sinfulness, I do not know how that can be possible. The psalmist asks the same question:
“O Lord, who may abide in your tent? Who may dwell on your holy hill?”
The psalmist thought about some standards that might work. Can we stay with God if we do all the things stated in the psalm?
“Those who walk blamelessly, and do what is right, and speak the truth from their heart; who do not slander with their tongue, and do no evil to their friends, nor take up a reproach against their neighbors; in whose eyes the wicked are despised, but who honor those who fear the Lord; who stand by their oath even to their hurt; who do not lend money at interest, and do not take a bribe against the innocent.”
First the psalmist talks about our habits: We have to walk blamelessly. Secondly, the habits are the consequence of individual actions and we need to do every action and speech in right way. If we go deeper, we realize that those actions are just expressions of our hearts.
If we despise the wicked, who do not have right hearts, and honor those who fear the Lord, then we can be with God! Three things are especially pointed out: Standing by oath, Not lending money at interest, and Not taking bribe against the innocent.
The psalmist does not guarantee that we can stay with God. However, it says that we are not going to be moved: “Those who do these things shall never be moved.” God will come to us and let us stay with God!
Because we cannot see God directly, we cannot tell whether God is with us or not. However, when we think, talk, and act as if God is with us all the time God is with us. When we assume that God is with us, God is!