WHO SHALL DWELL ON YOUR HOLY HILL?
WHO SHALL BE WITH YOU IN HEAVEN, LORD?
DEATH CAN SPRING UPON US UNAWARE…
WE WANT TO BE READY,
AND THIS PSALM CAN BE FRIGHTENING.
PSALM 15 TELLS US:
HE WHO WALKS BLAMELESSLY AND DOES WHAT IS RIGHT
BLAMELESSLY! HE DOES RIGHT ALL THE TIME!
AND SPEAKS TRUTH IN HIS HEART
DO YOU REALIZE HOW HIGH THE ABOVE STANDARD IS?
HE DOESN’T DECEIVE HIMSELF SO HE CAN GO HIS OWN WAY,
HE SPEAKS THE TRUTH TO HIS HEART
SO HE CAN DO WHAT GOD WANTS ALL THE TIME.
WHO DOES NOT SLANDER WITH HIS TONGUE
AND DOES NO EVIL TO HIS NEIGHBOR…
NO GOSSIP, NO UNFAIR WORDS, NO NEGLECT OF NEED
AND THE PSALM IS JUST GETTING STARTED…
HELP IS ON THE WAY…
The sermon this week is one of the best I have ever heard. It is by Michael Reeves, whom we discovered when we did The Song of Songs. He is so gifted and discerning — and sees things in this psalm I never would have seen on my own.
I must tell you about a huge blooper I made when speaking at Set Apart in St. Paul this month. I wanted to give credit to Mike Reeves for the insight he has given me into The Song of Songs. I said (and of course this is being taped and sold to hundreds who missed the first day) “There is a brilliant theologian to whom I want to give credit for helping me see Christ in The Song of Songs. You can google him along with The Song of Songs and find these wonderful messages. His name Is Mike Ashley.
It didn’t sound quite right when i said it, and yet I couldn’t think why. It was only after I sat down I realized, “Mike Ashley plows my driveway.” This is a man I’ve seen an awfully lot of this winter.
I had to correct my mistake the next day and our own Nanci was there to hear it. There was great laughter, and we were off to a good start. I think our Lord laughed too, for He is a God of love, of mercy, and of tender love for us, His bumbling children.
There are wonderful sermons on Psalm 15 by Mike Reeves, Tim Keller, and Paul Tripp — three amazing minds. But Mike Reeve’s sermon is one of the best sermons I have EVER heard — and I cannot wait for you to hear it, so we are actually going to listen sooner than usual with this sermon, and then I’m going to give you the option on Friday of hearing from Paul Tripp, as we so rarely get a sermon from him — and it is very good too. Of course Keller is always stellar — so you may be listening a lot this week if you choose — for this is a profound psalm — perfect for Lent.
1. What stood out to you from the above and why?
2. In a sentence, if you can, share one of your memorable bloopers or embarrassing moments.
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3. What question is asked in Psalm 15:1?
4. Let’s prepare for Mike Reeve’s message by studying what “holy hill” means.
A. According to Genesis 2:10-14, how do we know Eden (meaning delight) was a hill?
B. What does Ezekiel 28:14 say Eden was?
C. According to Genesis 3:22-24, what happened after the fall?
D. When we studied The Song of Songs we saw many of the symbols that were reminiscent of Eden: vines in blossom, lilies, flowers everywhere…these symbols were carved or embroidered in the Tabernacle which sat on Mt. Zion in Jerusalem — the place that was a symbol of Eden and the heaven to come. The way to the Holy of Holies was guarded by cherubim, just as the return to Eden was guarded by cherubimwith flaming swords. (I love when, in another sermon, Mike Reeves said, “Cherubim are not babies because you don’t give flaming swords tobabies.”) Obviously there are parallels here — so putting them all together, what must the holy hill mean?
5. Remember Bonhoeffer’s exhortation to see the incarnate son of God in every psalm. How do you see him here?
6. LISTEN AND SHARE NOTES AND THOUGHTS: LINK
7. PRAY ON THE BASIS OF WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNED:
We so rarely get a sermon from Paul Tripp, if you have time, listen to his take on Psalm 15. One of you commented that he always convicts her and he does me too — but he is so on target.
8. If you have time, listen, comment, and pray! While it is true Christ makes His own as white as snow, it is also true that then, out of gratefulness, we are called to respond with the kind of holy lives described in this psalm, like the life of Deitrich Bonhoeffer.
9. Thank the Lord for the holiest hill and what is cost our Lord.
9. What is your take-a-way and why?