What is your “resolution” or goal for this year? How will this year be different? Consider making Psalm 15 your theme for 2018 and beyond. This chapter focuses on the kind of person who walks with God. How does the Bible describe this godly person?
First, “integrity.” Integrity is defined as “the state of being whole or undivided.” Walking with God requires singleness of heart. Your heart longs so strongly after God that there is no competition. Sure, other things will lure your eye but your love for God and His Kingdom will keep your life “whole.”
Second, “works.” You don’t talk about being godly, you are godly. You live a righteous life. You press on to the mark of the high calling of Jesus! You know you haven’t arrived, but you do not use that as an excuse. Instead, it becomes a motivation to depend more fully on Him. Your faith in God is demonstrated by your actions.
Third, “speaks.” Look at the phrase. “Speaks truth in his heart.” You speak in your heart before you speak with your mouth. Duplicitous people will know the truth in their heart but they speak differently with their mouth. You speak the truth you have in your heart with your lips. The New Testament puts it this way, “Speak the truth in love.”
Fourth, “tongue.” Before the tongue is a factor, the heart is the matter! Your speech reveals your heart. When you speak reveals your heart. Why you speak reveals your heart. What you speak reveals your heart and how you speak reveals your heart.
Fifth, “honor.” Honestly, we don’t talk much about honor and it is obvious in our culture. You know who to honor and how to honor those who are honorable. Who should you honor? “Those who fear the Lord.”
Sixth, “does not change.” You keep your word and your commitments.
Seventh, “money.” You use your money as a tool to advance the Kingdom of God. Money is not your master – you master your money! You put God first with your money because you know everything you have comes from Him.
“O LORD, who may abide in Your tent? Who may dwell on Your holy hill? He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness, And speaks truth in his heart. He does not slander with his tongue, Nor does evil to his neighbor, Nor takes up a reproach against his friend; In whose eyes a reprobate is despised, But who honors those who fear the LORD; He swears to his own hurt and does not change; He does not put out his money at interest, Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things will never be shaken.” Psalms 15:1-5 NASB