This text has many similarities to one of the most famous songs of the Bible, Psalm 24. This one, like 24, talks about God’s “holy hill”, which connects us to the heart of Jerusalem, Mount Moriah. It is where Solomon and Herod’s Temple stood. It’s also believed to be the spot where Abraham would bring Isaac for a sacrifice of worship. It is the center of the world, so to speak, for the Judeo-Christian worldview.
Here’s a great statement on Psalm 15 and its comparisons: “This is a hymn celebrating the ideal worshiper of the Lord. Some call it an entrance liturgy, prescribing questions and answers by which the priests examine would-be worshipers for their qualifications for entering holy space. This is unlikely, however, since the qualities described in this hymn are matters of the heart, and thus no priest could know whether or not they were present. Similar passages appear in 24:3–6 and Isa. 33:14–16. The singing congregation does not claim to have achieved these character qualities; instead, in describing them the members yearn to have them more and more.” (ESV Study Bible)
The “holy hill” and “tent” also represent to us God’s dwelling place, which cannot be made by human hands. It signifies a character that we cannot attain in our sinfulness. It brings to light humanity’s need for a savior. None of us is blameless or upright. We might despise “flagrant sinners”, but we do so as “flagrant sinners”. Today, take a minute to revel in these words from Ephesians 2. Let them, and Psalm 15, serve as a reminder to us that we could not ascend to God’s holy hill. Instead, He came down to us and carried us up through the cross of Christ.
“Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins.You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else.
But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus. God saved you by his grace when you believed.
And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:1-10
By: Todd Thomas