psalm xv – none but Christ belongs

Lord, who can dwell in your tent?
None but Christ.
Who lives blamelessly?
None but Christ.
Who does not lie?
None but Christ.
Who does not harm?
None but Christ.

Who keeps God’s word whatever the cost, unbribable and unshakeable?
None but Christ.

Well, and you. Eventually. You will mirror Him and perfectly reflect His goodness. That is your future guaranteed by your brother Christ, from whom perfection flows into you, sanctifying the fallen humanity in you, restoring the Image of Christ in you. Yet not just a future, but also your present.

You. Weak, failing person. You currently dwell in the Lord’s tent by faith in Christ. You are fully in. Your relationship with God right now is a shared sonship with Christ. You are a participant in the life of the Trinity, though not God. A son like the Son.

Meditation: You are in the tent in Christ. You belong there yet you don’t. It does not yet feel like home to be with God. It feels as if you are a visitor in the tent, because this tent is designed for those far better than you. Your life as a Christian is learning to be at home in the tent despite the fact that you don’t seem to belong. Whether you belong is God’s decision, not yours. And He has said you do. Confess to God the worries of the day and reflect on them in light of this truth. You belong in the tent because Christ is righteous. You belong with God in spite of everything about you. None but Christ deserves to dwell with God. None but those in Christ do. And those who do dwell there in Christ, dwell there fully as residents and not visitors. 

Lord, who can dwell in your tent?
Who can live on your holy mountain?

The one who lives blamelessly, practices righteousness,
and acknowledges the truth in his heart—
who does not slander with his tongue,
who does not harm his friend
or discredit his neighbor,
who despises the one rejected by the Lord
but honors those who fear the Lord,
who keeps his word whatever the cost,
who does not lend his silver at interest
or take a bribe against the innocent—
the one who does these things will
never be shaken.

psalm xv (csb)

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