As the heading above suggests this Psalm of David was used when a worshipper would enter into the temple. There are a series of 12 Characteristics posed as questions that describe acceptable moral conditions for worship:
- walks with integrity
- strength of character,
- works righteousness,
- speaks and holds truth in his heart
- does not slander with his tongue,
- Nor does evil to his neighbor, (this includes wishing ill will) Nor takes up a reproach against his friend;
- In his eyes an evil person is despised,
- But he honors those who fear the Lord [and obediently worship Him with awe-inspired reverence and submissive wonder].
- He keeps his word even to his own disadvantage and does not change it [for his own benefit];
- He does not put out his money at interest [to a fellow Israelite],
- And does not take a bribe against the innocent.
- will never be shaken (is steadfast/dependable)
This list was intended to be asked if one’s heart was in the proper place for worship, now I do not know about you but I can’t picture my Pastor standing at the door each Sunday and asking each member these questions. But think about it a moment MAYBE we should be asking them of ourselves these each day. This seems to be a pretty good list of moral characteristics anyone (especially a child of God) should be living by.