Littleton on Psalm 15:5

If you’re familiar with Charles Spurgeon and his Treasury of David, you will know that the book is not just filled with Spurgeon’s writing.  He also includes references and writing from older writers and commentators on the Bible.  One of them is Adam Littleton.

Adam Littleton was an English cleric who lived during the 1600s, and I’m not sure that I would have ever read any of his writing if I had not read him throughout the Treasury of David. In this case, I found what he says about the second half of verse five to be the perfect way to close my writings on Psalm 15.

The second half of Psalm 15:5 says;

He that doeth these things shall not be moved.

Littleton commentates on this verse, telling us that it’s not our profession but our actions that make us religious and godly.   If we profess Jesus, but our lives don’t look like him, we are acting like Judas, who betrays Jesus by way of a kiss of homage.

I’d never thought of my hypocrisy as comparing to Judas’s, so I was completely devastated by the realization of how often I’ve claimed Jesus and then distanced my life from looking like his because I don’t want to be thought of badly by the world.

Here’s something else that he says about verse 5 that I’ve chosen to quote directly.

The harmless humour of meaning well is not enough to approve a man’s spiritual state, to acquit obligations, or to ascertain his expectations. For he that bids us “eschew evil” does immediately subjoin, that we must “follow” and “hold fast that which is good.” It will be no good account not to have done evil, unless we make it appear that we have been doing good too; since the non-commission of great sins will not excuse our omission of great duties.

It’s not enough to forsake sin.  We have to put on the new man as well.  That’s something that I think I often overlook.  I want to avoid sin, but I don’t even think about how much space the New Testament gives to putting on the new man.  I feel challenged and convicted by my reading of Littleton on this verse.


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