In other words, who gets to hang out with God in Heaven Forever?
Then the psalmist proceeds to answer the question:
- He who walks and lives uprightly and blamelessly
- He who works rightness and justice
- He who speaks and thinks the truth
- He who dos not slander with his tongue
- He who does no evil to his friend
- He who does not take up a reproach against his neighbor (does not blame or find fault)
- He who despises a wicked person (taken in context this means to hate evil)
- He who honors those who fear God
- He who swears to his own hurt and does not change (makes a promise and keeps it)
- He who does not lend money for interest to his friends
- He who will not take a bribe against the innocent
He who does these things shall never be moved
You see, I moved a lot as a kid. 25 times before I was 18. My mother had a grass-is-greener complex, bless her heart! That in addition to multiple step fathers and it seemed there was no stability in my life. People who suffer from this as children often end up being control freaks as adults. (My hubby can attest to this!) I want everything to stay the same or if it changes, I want complete control over how much and when. But the truth is, life is full of unexpected changes and most of them are not good!
But God never changes!! Yea! I finally found Someone who never changes! So I figured out that if I abide in Him, I will be in a stable place. You see the Bible says that we who know Jesus are ALREADY SEATED in HEAVEN
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ, and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
Did you know you're already seated in Heaven in your spirit? That's what the psalmist is trying to convey in this Psalm, I believe. Yes, life will throw you tons of storms and on the outside it will look like everything is in chaos, but if you do these things... (And you can only do them by truly following Jesus and allowing Him to change your heart) then the promise is that you will never be moved. That's you, your spirit, that's you on the inside, the real you, the you that worries and gets frightened and cries and rejoices and praises and loves and has special talents, etc...the unique you that is you alone. That's the you that will never be moved from your seat in Heaven!
You see the devil would love nothing more than to knock you down from your spot in Heaven. When he can do that, then you're under his authority again.
Do you want to be a person who is never moved from your place of victory in Heaven? No matter what is thrown at you? Well here is the formula. Submit to and follow Jesus and do those 11 things listed above to the best of your ability and God's promise is sure and true! You don't have to allow life and the devil defeat you. You don't have to live under the circumstances. You're already in heaven!
He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved. Psalm 62:2
I have set the LORD always before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved. Psalm 16:9