“If momma ain’t happy, there ain’t nobody happy” is not a myth. Every family has a written and/or unwritten code of conduct. Every home has one or more house rules.
Heaven does too. In response to the questions: “Lord, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill?” (Psalm 15:1), David enumerates heaven’s house rules (Psalm 15:2-5). He concludes with the promise that “he who does these things shall never be moved” (v. 5). You will never be asked to leave His fellowship if you adhere to the following divine expectations:
- Live with integrity. (“walk uprightly”—v. 2).
- Do the right thing. (“works righteousness—v. 2).
- Be honest, especially with yourself. (“speaks the truth in his heart”—v. 2).
- Do not misuse your tongue. (“does not backbite with his tongue…nor does he take up a reproach against his friend”—v. 3).
- Do good to others. (“nor does evil to his neighbor”—v. 3).
- Abhor evil. (“in whose eyes a vile person is despised”—v. 4).
- Honor those who love and serve God. (“honor those who fear the Lord—v. 4).
- Keep your word. (“he swears to his own hurt and does not change”—v. 4).
- Do not profit at other’s expense. (“he does not put out his money at usury nor does he take a bribe against the innocent”—v. 5).
Anyone who wants to dwell permanently with God must follow heaven’s house rules while living on this earth.