Avoiding going through the motions of religion and ritual versus relationship and reality requires watchfulness over one’s heart.
Psalm 15 provides instruction or guidelines for self-examination, causing us to ask: How do we maintain the right attitude and relationship with the Lord rather than ritual and religion?
What must we do in order to have a deep relationship with God?
What are the benefits of fellowship with God?
How can we live/abide in God’s presence?
Guidelines for self-examination
Is my walking upright?
- Have I been pure in my actions and motives?
- Does my walk live up to my talk/my claims?
- Does my walk draw attention to me or God?
Am I controlling my tongue?
- Have I been honest?
- Have I told the “complete” truth?
- Have I tried to make myself look better than I am?
- Have I spoken: harshly to or maliciously to others?
- Have I gossiped, slandered or in any way mistreated people with my words?
- Have I kept my word?
Am I being discerning?
- in how I use my time?
- in the activities I chose to involve myself?
- between good and evil?
Does money have control over me?
- Am I generous?
- Do I associate with the “lowly?”
- Do I change when I am with people of means?