Never Shaken

What does it mean to “never be shaken?” I pondered that thought after I read the last part of the last verse in Psalm 15: “He who does these things will never be shaken (NASB).” I can honestly say that I don’t know if I can go through life on this earth without being shaken. But the last verse also challenges me with: “He who does these things…”

Psalm 15 opens with a question: “LORD, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill (NASB)?” It then lists the characteristics of someone who may “abide” and “dwell.” When I look at the list, a lot of it centers on how we interact with others; how we treat them. It is a matter of putting God first; putting the needs of others above yourself.

From acting with integrity and righteousness (verse 2); not slandering or doing evil to others (3); despising those who do evil, but honoring those “who fear the Lord (4); and not charging interest or taking “a bribe against the innocent (5).” When I look at all of these instructions, I see that a lot of them relate to how we interact with others. Not doing them can be the source of conflict with others that can shake us.

It is a tall order to do all the things that Pslam 15 commands. As a citizen of the Kingdom of God, as a child of God, we are expected to pursue a life that reflects our citizenship — the family of God. It is as verse 4 tells us: “He swears to his own hurt and does not change.” We do not let the world sway us. We adhere to God’s word.

Yet I am human and at times my human nature causes me to make mistakes; to place myself above others. That is the point. I cannot do it alone. I need God to help me; his Spirit to guide me; His son Jesus to offer me forgiveness so I may “abide in Your tabernacle… dwell in Your holy hill (1).”

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You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever. – Psalm 16:11

Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. – Galatians 5:19-21

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  1. I have had this same question. Never be shaken? But I have so often been shaken! “That is the point. I cannot do it alone. I need God to help me…” Exactly!

      1. Thank you so much for saying that, CG. For months now, He has been speaking to me about being my Rock, that specific imagery. Your words are confirmation to my heart. I am grateful!

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