“who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain?” What kind of person gets to be with God? What kind of leader gets to have that kind of intimacy with God? To whom does he share his secrets? Who gets to walk always in the presence of God himself?
“The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks truth from their heart.” People who live with integrity. Character is everything. Being blameless means being completely above accusations or allegations. The man who gets to dwell with God is a man who watches his words with complete diligence, and doesn’t try to manipulate or spin stories, but who is honest, holds his tongue, and speaks the truth when he needs to.
“whose tongue utters no slander, who does no wrong to a neighbor, and casts no slur on others; who despises a vile person but honors those who fear the Lord.” He talks negatively about no one. He protects people’s reputations with his words, even people he doesn’t like. He rewards people around him that do what is right, and doesn’t let wrongdoers get away with it. Character is everything to this man. He discerns when someone’s actions or words don’t align with what is in their hearts.
“who keeps an oath even when it hurts and does not change their mind.” This man is willing to do what is right no matter what the cost to himself. He keeps his promises and always follows through with what he says he is going to do. His convictions are unwavering and he knows that no material gain in this world is ever worth it if one has to sacrifice their convictions to get it.
“who lends money to the poor without interest; who does not accept a bribe against the innocent.” Money isn’t a fixation, an addiction, or an obsession with this man. He uses his money to help people less fortunate than he, and treats them with grace. He does what he can to watch out for those weaker than him, to protect them and provide for them.
“Whoever does these things will never be shaken.” This man’s unwavering trust in God and the integrity and character that flows out of that will become an impenetrable fortress. Even though the storms of life blow against the walls, it will never fall. This man is one who can endure the soul-shattering situations of life … who can bend unimaginably far and not break. He will not be shaken, moved, or compromised, because his hope is in God.
He will dwell all of his days in the presence of God. God will speak to him uniquely and consistently. He will become a refuge for other people, and his life will bring an abundant return.