Verse 5b “He who does these things will never be shaken”.
We’ve come to the conclusion of the Psalm, the prayer. It’s a call to action. It’s a promise. It’s a challenge. The prayer has been a fathoming of the Sovereign, holy God whose core descriptor is His absolute existence. He is; and we have become aware of it. A high view and fear of Him is the fitting response. We have benefited from His attributes: become blameless by Christ’s Blamelessness, are enabled to speak truth and love others by His Truth and Love, embrace integrity through His Wholeness. Now it is time to “go and do likewise”. Enough root-bound pondering; it is time to move into action or “be shaken”.
Soren Kierkegaard observes, “Christianity understands what it is to act and what it is to keep love incessantly occupied in action”. It takes faith to act, to be motivated by our beliefs to behave on the basis of those beliefs. Everything we understand God to be, we must be and do to others. He is Love – we must love others. He is Just – we must be just to others. He forgives – we must forgive others. He is not asking us to be automatons: every day, every moment, we have the choice to be and do as He is and does. But that choice is the fulcrum on which our faith rests. The only alternative is to “be shaken”.
Shakenness is the condition of grave danger to the soul. It is quicksand. It is being “like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind” (James 1:6). It is a building whose foundation is sand when a great wind arises. This is not a threat by some great cosmic dictator. This is the reality of the universe of cause and effect; if we know a thing needs doing, we must do it.
“God”, said Pascal, “instituted prayer in order to lend to His creatures the dignity of causality.” This causality is seen in our inward prayer, and it is seen in our outward life of action. This is Psalm 15. Our communion with God is the energy behind our life of love, truth and integrity. Let us embrace this causality with everything we are and have. Let us be and do.
LORD, your holy hill is both far away and very near.
Yet, it is not the hill I want and need, after all, but only You.
High and lofty One, fill me with Your Spirit.
Help me see you in and behind everything I am and do.
Dwell with me that I may dwell with You.