Response : We continue with the question : Who will inhabit the hill of the Lord? The one who is not a vile person, but honors and fears the Lord and keeps his word.
“who despises a vile person but honors those who fear the Lord” We must be as honest in paying respect as in paying our bills. Honour to whom honour is due. To all good men we owe a debt of honour, and we have no right to hand over what is their due to vile persons who happen to be in high places. When base men are in office, it is our duty to respect the office; but we cannot so violate our consciences as to do otherwise than condemn the men; and on the other hand, when true saints are in poverty and distress, we must sympathize with their afflictions and honour the men none the less. The proverb says, that “ugly women, finely dressed, are the uglier for it,” and so mean men in high estate are the more mean because of it.
“who keeps an oath even when it hurts, and does not change their mind.” Scriptural saints under the New Testament rule “swear not at all,” but their word is as good as an oath: those men of God who think it right to swear, are careful and prayerful lest they should even seem to overshoot the mark. When engagements have been entered into which turn out to be unprofitable, “the saints are men of honour still.” Our blessed Surety swore to His own hurt, but how gloriously He stood to His suretyship! what a comfort to us that He changes not, and what an example to us to be scrupulously and precisely exact in fulfilling our covenants with others! The most far-seeing trader may enter into engagements which turn out to be serious losses, but whatsoever else he loses, if he keeps his honour, his losses will be bearable; if that be lost all is lost.
Dear Lord, set us apart from the world, whose words are not yea, yea and nay, nay. We need to exemplify Your integrity in all our commitments and help us to be brave in the face of adversity, to be Your example because You help us to endure and will see us through. Praise the Lord. Amen.