Reading Plan: Psalms 1-2, 15, 22-24, 47, 68
Psalm 15:1-3 (NASB)
1 O LORD, who may abide in Your tent? Who may dwell on Your holy hill?
2 He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness, And speaks truth in his heart.
3 He does not slander with his tongue, Nor does evil to his neighbor, Nor takes up a reproach against his friend;
I love reading through the Psalms from today’s reading plan. Psalm 15 and 24 illustrate who can ascend into the presence of the Lord. This is only accomplished when we are cleansed by the blood of Jesus. By the Grace poured upon us from the Cross, we can have clean hands, clean minds and clean lips.
In order to be in God’s presence we must refrain from slander with our tongues or take up a reproach against a neighbor. As I read this, I consider how social media is used today. Lamentably, many utilize social media as an avenue to slander and take up a reproach against others. One attack engenders enmity. A single negative post spreads like wildfire as others comment, like, and share it. It is even more devastating when Christians join in.
My heart broke recently as a group of Christians started a web site mocking another brother in Christ regarding what he displays on social media. He loves to post pictures of his wife, what God is showing him in the Word and opportunities that God has opened up for him to minister. This young leader loves the Lord and many of us are so excited for him. The attacks are hurtful and dishonoring to God.
Verbal attacks hinder people from entering into the Tent of the Lord.