Need a character test? Psalm 15 is the place. The question is asked in verse one, “Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?” The question is addressed to the Lord, and basically David is asking the Lord what kind of man does it take to abide or dwell in a holy place. Or how do we live a holy life? Then he goes on to answer that question and list several do’s and don’ts on how a person of God ought to be separated unto God.
- Walketh uprightly – To walk or live your life in a non sinful manner. Sincerely wanting to live and do right for the honor and glory of the Lord Jesus Christ.
- Worketh righteousness – Working or doing good works as fruit of your faith and not as part of your salvation.
- Speaketh the truth in his heart – One who truly believes in the Word of God which is truth and one who desires to speak it, know it, learn it, and obey it.
- Backbiteth not with his tongue – One who doesn’t speak evil of others behind their back and tear down the reputation of others. One who doesn’t gossip.
- Nor doeth evil to his neighbour – One who doesn’t seek to do evil to others whether family, friend, or foe or in word, deed, business, etc.
- Nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour – One the doesn’t make false reports about others or participate in passing one on.
- In whose eyes a vile person is contemned – One who sees wicked and vile men and gives them no honor or reward because they are an abomination to God.
- Honoureth them that fear the LORD – One who honors, respects, and loves the men of God and those that truly serve the Lord.
- Sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not – A man of his word! He makes a promise, contract, agreement, and follows through whith what he said he would do, even if it doesn’t turn out good for himself.
- Putteth not out his money to usury – One who doesn’t put their money out and takes up unlawful interest against others which takes advantage of them and their situation.
- Nor taketh reward against the innocent – One who won’t take a a reward, gift, or bribe to sway his judgement in the opposite direction of the innocent party.
He that doeth these things shall never be moved – will have a firm foundation!