“The Big Question” (John MacDiarmid)

Sermon Preached at PCF on 22 June 2014

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Reference: Psalm 15

What is the Big Question that pre-occupies us? We have all sorts of questions in our mind, but for David, the question that pre-occupied him was simple

1. The Big Question

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

David wants to know, now just who can worship God, but who can live in His presence enjoying a sweet day by day relationship with Him.

2. The Big Answer

The one whose walk is blameless,
who does what is righteous,

The answer is not only to do with the spiritual disciplines but with the life that we are called to live. David is musing on the fact that a close walk with God is possible as we live a life pleasing to Him. The two words are “holiness” and Godliness”. As we nurture both of these it is possible to experience closeness to God.

The twin responsibilities of holiness and godliness are the responsibility of every Christian.

  • “But just as He who called you is Holy, so be Holy in all you do” (1 Peter)
  • “Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives tales, rather train yourself to be godly” (1 Timothy)

What does this look like in the life of the believer? David spells out ten attributes of godliness that he invites us to aim towards:

  1. Truth from the Heart – who speaks the truth from their heart;
  2. No slander – whose tongue utters no slander,
  3. No wrong to anyone – who does no wrong to a neighbor,
  4. No slur – and casts no slur on others;
  5. Despises sin – who despises a vile person
  6. Honours godliness – but honors those who fear the Lord;,
  7. Trustworthy – who keeps an oath even when it hurts,
  8. Constant – and does not change their mind;
  9. Generous – who lends money to the poor without interest;
  10. Incorruptible – who lends money to the poor without interest;This is a real challenge to make sure that we work out our salvation with diligence, understanding that a godly lifestyle is a necessary consequence of our salvation, not the cause of it.

3. The Big Promise

Those who train themselves to be godly,who decide that they will give themselves to holiness are assured of a growing an developing relationship with God. And God’s promise to them is this:

Whoever does these things
will never be shaken

Just as Jesus promised about the man who built his house on the rock, not only does the person who obeys God receive a life of relationship with God he can be assured that he will live under God’s blessing now and into eternity

John MacDiarmid

June 2014