Enjoying God’s presence – Part 4
“O Lord, who may abide in Your tents? Who may dwell in Your holy mountain? He who walks with integrity and practices righteousness, who speaks the truth from his heart…” (Psalm 15:1-2)
David asked the questions that he himself provided the answer that addresses the characteristics of those that can enjoy God’s presence in His house. The tent represents the abode of God because, during the Old Testament period, God meets with the Israelites in the Tent of meeting.
Tent in the Old Testament period was the centre of worship and sign of God’s presence. Psalmist has been a man who enjoyed God’s presence, both in the Tent and on the Holy Mountain. The church of God today represents God’s tent and Holy Mountain. David gave some characteristics of those that are worthy to dwell and enjoy God’s presence.
He who walks with integrity. What is integrity? From the root meaning, it is basically wholeness or perfect condition. Integrity for Christian is the test of our spirituality. A person of integrity seeks to follow the Lord’s Will in everything. He or she must exercise integrity in business, marriage and everyday living. A person of integrity doesn’t only speak about integrity, but also walk and practise integrity. A person of integrity doesn’t live outside what he speaks or preaches. (Matthew 23:27-28) Integrity is needed among politicians, minister of the gospel and those that profess to have the fear of God. Integrity is contagious, and lack of it is also contagious. To live upright requires decision and determination. The scripture says “But Daniel purpose in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with wine which he drank…” (Daniel 1:8)
He who practises righteousness: Righteousness is a seed that God plants in the life of believers at conversion. “By this, it is evident who the children of God are, and who are the children of the devil; whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.” (1 John 3:9-10) Human righteousness is like a filthy rag because of our sinful nature. (Isaiah 64:6) We are not worthy to stand in God’s presence and His holiness and perfection cannot tolerate sin. “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21). Your life and deed must be right with God and man before you can be considered a righteous man. Forsake all unrighteous acts in your marriage, business and as a leader.
Rev Dr. Emmanuel Ojo, Christ the Rock Baptist Church Mende, Maryland, Lagos. 08034538413