There were few things David revered more than the Ark of the Covenant. He went to great lengths to get it from where the Philistines left it at Kiriath Jearim, about 6 miles NW of Jerusalem. It signified the presence of the living God in the midst of His people. It was the symbol for all things righteous and holy, as well as representing the embodiment of spiritual goodness and ethics, something sorely lacking in his day. David did not want to continue thinking of God’s presence in the abstract, but something that could be seen and felt; not something that was imaginary, but something that was real.

O LORD Eternal, who qualifies to enter Your sanctuary; yes, who can stand in Your holy presence? Only those who live wholesome lives; who dedicate themselves to living and doing what’s right, and telling the truth even when it hurts; who doesn’t slander or disgrace friends or neighbors; who avoid despicable people, but love those who worship the LORD Eternal; who never go back on their word no matter what it costs; who give to the poor without wanting anything in return; and those who cannot be bribed to lie against an innocent person. People like that will never, ever disappoint anyone.” Psalm 15:1-5

Reflection: Universities produce graduates – the doctors who heal us, engineers who build our bridges and CEOs who generate our wealth. The degrees they confer are the university’s guarantee that a graduate has completed a required course of study, and that he or she has been tested and deemed suitable by appropriate authorities. Yet a recent University of Guelph study discovered that more than half the student body was cheating its way through school. There is no great sense of urgency shown by university administrators over this problem. The value of a degree is being debased, and there is mounting evidence that a lack of integrity in the university system will have a far-reaching effect on our economy in the years to come. The numbers on academic misconduct at both Canadian and American post-secondary institutions are startling. The Guelph report puts the percentage of Canadian students engaging in serious cheating on written work at 53 per cent. In the U.S., according to some studies, 70 per cent of students admit to cheating in one form or another. Universities, apparently not convinced that cheating has reached crisis proportions, offer little but token anti-plagiarism policies and ineffective ethics campaigns to assuage critics. [Cathy Gulli, Nicholas Kohler and Martin Patriquin | Category Magazine, Feb 9, 2007] Could it be that there are cheating Christians; people who profess but don’t possess or produce? David certainly did not want to be in that crowd, and he despised people who wanted only to be judged on the outside. But he knew there was one Judge who could not be fooled, and one day all mankind will stand before Him to receive their sentencing. Those who fit the person David described in this psalm are the ones who confesses their failures now, and don’t want to wait and apologize when they stand before the judgment throne of the Almighty.

About drbob76

Retired missionary, pastor, seminary professor, Board Certified Chaplain and American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Director.
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