Holy Housewarming (Psalm 15)
Reflections on Psalm 15
People in Washington, DC love hosting housewarming parties. These inaugural bashes declare to the world that the home owner (or renter) has paid the price to purchase the real estate and finished the hard work of moving and settling into a new place. This spot is their refuge from the world, their getaway from cares, and a place of renewal. To commemorate the end of an arduous process, the homeowner extends invitations to friends and loved ones. The new occupant is home and they want us to celebrate with them.
Similar to the celebrating hosts made in His image, God, too, loves throwing housewarming parties. He longs to throw wide open the doors to his dwelling and bring in the multitudes. Wondering how to get an invitation, King David asks, “Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain?” (Psalm 15:1). Meriting an invitation to God’s home-opening soiree lies in being friends with the homeowner. The Lord joyfully opens his doors to all “act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with their God” (Micah 6:8). Unfortunately, that excludes you and me. We won’t merit an invitation unless we, in keeping with the guidelines from Psalm 15, never speak falsely, keep our word, seek the good of our neighbor, and honor God with every action.
The House of God Forever
Because of the misdeeds characterizing our lives, we are stuck in our own homes while the party at God’s place lasts long into eternity. Heaven’s Host, however, was not content for us to sulk in front of our TVs watching bad reruns of our mistakes. Instead, he left his own party and came to our broken homes. God “became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (John 1:14). During his stay at our place, he paid the price for all our mistakes and offered us his own righteousness. In this new standing, we receive an invitation to God’s housewarming party.
As the Lord renews our hearts in his holiness, we slowly realize that he’s been moving his stuff into our lives and making his home with us. When he does this, we can echo John’s amazing in Revelation 21:3-4,
“Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
If we have trusted our lives to him, God will make our lives his home and then the real party can begin.
Footsteps—putting feet on our faith
1. What does Psalm 15 say we need to do to earn an invitation to God’s house?
2. Why are we so bad at meeting those standards?
3. What did God to make sure we could be invited?
Dear God, blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are always praising you. In your home, pain and sadness are left standing at the front door. You long to bring me to your place, but my hard heart prefers to shiver in the cold. You open wide your doors, however, invite me in, and stop my shivering with your own righteous coat. Help me today to make myself at home in your presence. In Christ I pray, amen.