The answer sets markers for the righteousness required for fellowship with God if we do not have a Savior, a propitiation for our failures, which is impossible. This also serves as our reflection as to how we Christians are allowing the life of Christ to be lived out of our situations. But it is also a beautiful description of our Savior. On that, I want to focus:
“He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart…” From the outside in, we discover the Savior is saturated with righteousness and truth.
“…who does not slander with his tongue and does no evil to his neighbor, nor takes up a reproach against his friend…” He did not use his tongue to elevate Himself while putting others down, thinking the worst of his neighbor and speading that opinion, or participating with his friends when they ran another down, thus picking up the offense. So, the ultimate measure of His heart, which is the tongue, reflects the purity in the heart of our Saviour.
“…in whose eyes a vile person is despised, but who honors those who fear the LORD; who swears to his own hurt and does not change…” He finds no delight in evil doers, nor does He desire to participate in their evil doing, regardless of the apparent reward. He stands with those who honor God in their lives. This stand is taken regardless of the personal cost or pain. It is not about pain or gain, but right and wrong.
“… who does not put out his money at interest and does not take a bribe against the innocent.” He never took personal advantage of God’s supply, particularly when dealing with others. He doesn’t use His wealth to manipulate our behavior or production. The promise of wealth and prosperity does not tempt Him from His highest standards. Thus…
“He who does these things shall never be moved.” Moved from what? Moved from the fellowship with the Father that was the theme of this Psalm. “Who will spend time with you in your dwelling, O Lord? This one shall remain.”
The great joy in this Psalm, though the product of these standards are too high for me to achieve, is that through Christ I have the standing of One who has fully met these. 2 Corinthians 5:21, “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”