The Essence of a Man
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 neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour. In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the Lord. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not. He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved.
What makes a man? Is a man one who has physical strength and might? Is a man one that never cries or shows concern about anything? Is a man one that doesn’t allow his feelings to show? Is a man one who has all the right answers and makes all the right choices? The answer to all of these questions is a firm no!
What makes a man is his character- Who he serves, what he says, the way he treats others, his actions, the example he sets, and his word. I believe that although the question stated in Psalm 15 is, “Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle”, it could have just as well been, “Lord, what makes a man?” This Scripture, as short as it may be, is a profound description of what a man is made of.
Verse 2: A man should do what is right and honorable in the eyes of the Lord. His word should be his bond. He should only open his mouth to speak the truth and do it in a loving manner.
Verse 3: Nothing a man says should tear down or degrade anyone. His words should be those of kindness, instruction, and godly guidance. Praises should ooze from his lips like honey. He should do wrong to no one or be a burden to anyone. Instead, he should be on the lookout for every opportunity to lend a helping hand.
Verse4: He should have nothing to do with vileness. He should not associate with other men whose character is not of a godly nature. On the contrary, he should keep his company with other men like him; those who fear the Lord. He should always keep his promises and fulfill his commitments, never reneging on what he has said, no matter the difficulties that may arise.
Verse 5: When he lends to his neighbor, his only motive should be to provide assistance. He should never use the opportunity for financial gain. He should never accept a bribe to corrupt justice. He should do all in his power to defend the cause of the weak and the innocent.
A man whose heart is set on doing these things is a man of God. These are the characteristics and the traits that make a man. A man that lives out the ways prescribed in Psalm 15 is a man who, Scripture states, will never be shaken. As men, let us set our hearts on actions that please the Lord. If you do, you will always be the man! God bless you!