DWELL IN THY HOLY HILL
To dwell in God's holy hill requires certain qualifications and condition of the heart that the Lord looks for in a believer who desires to dwell in His house. It is a privileged place to be!
Psalms 15:1-6 shows us, "Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? Who shall dwell in thy holy hill? He that walketh, uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart. He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbor, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbor....he honoreth them that fear the Lord. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not....he that doeth these things shall never be moved."
It is a challenge to our faith to meet this pattern. There is an order required in the Lord's house---to be in the Lord's presence. It is very hard to be able to say that no matter what comes up in our life, we will live by these standards and change not. The Lord gives us the grace to know His will and then to stick to it.
DO WE PRAY?
We should be asking, "Lord let me be in your house and serve You, and give You the honor and glory!"
John 15:1-14 gives us an example so that we can fit that pattern. This is the visual example of the vine and the branch. Sometimes the Lord has to purge away the useless parts to get the fruit to form and set. The Word is what does the cleaning (verse 3).
"I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing." John 15:5.
These are the rules:
*****The Lord provides the nourishment and support.
*****Without Him we are nothing.
*****The Lord wants us to bear much fruit.
*****We choose to take what He offers or not.
Concerning the Lord's holy hill, or house, one aspect to recognize is the character the Lord would mold in us so that we won't take advantage of one another (order of elders and deacons). The other is our method of working, functioning, and reacting together within God's holy hill.
John 13:34-35 tells us how to do that, "A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you....By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another."
By showing our love one to another, our spiritual profiting will appear to all. The world looks to see how we act in the Lord's house, family situations, the work place, and to different changes in the social pressures of life.
We find the qualifications of elders and deacons in I Timothy 3:1-14, and need to consider them as a pattern of character when dwelling in God's holy hill. This is not a pattern like the religious world's qualifications given by a board of men in the religous systems or given on completion of an education.
This is a pattern given by God!
"....should be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; one that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity....not a novice....of good report of them which are without...."
It is an imposing list, but only the Lord can grant us the ability to meet these standards. Tailoring us for service in His house often brings trials to teach us patience, and fit to dwell in His holy hill.
The reason for God doing this is very serious. I Timothy 3:15-16 tells us why, "If I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth...."
God sets this order because it is HIS HOUSE AND HE IS HOLY!
God sets things in order and has a definite pattern for us to follow, and if we want the Lord's blessing we must do it His way, not man's way. Correct order is essential!
Another example of order is given in Titus 1. We have the gift of eternal life, and we are to encourage others by preaching truth and holding it forth in an orderly fashion (verses 1-4). Then He challenges us in verses 5-16. To "set in order" means to straighten something out that wasn't right to begin with.
"Wanting" means to fail or be absent; be destitute or lack. Order and wanting are two important preludes to how the Lord's holy hill functions.
To neglect to "set in order" the Lord's house will leave an assemply wanting, and will not achieve the desire to dwell in God's holy hill.
It is conditional on following TRUTH!
Paul looked at the Colossian assemply with joy at their order in Colossians 2:1-7, "...For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ...."
They were not found wanting, but steadfast. The character of our Lord Jesus Christ is our perfect example of order. We can function and bring forth fruit unto His glory, when there is order according the Word. We can achieve the blessing of dwelling in God's holy hill.
HOUSE OF GOD LESSONS