Life’s a Journey…Psalm 15 (Weekly Word)

 Psalm 15

Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent?
    Who may live on your holy mountain?

The one whose walk is blameless,
    who does what is righteous,
    who speaks the truth from their heart;
whose tongue utters no slander,
    who does no wrong to a neighbor,
    and casts no slur on others;
who despises a vile person
    but honors those who fear the Lord;
who keeps an oath even when it hurts,
    and does not change their mind;
who lends money to the poor without interest;
    who does not accept a bribe against the innocent.

Whoever does these things
    will never be shaken.

What you say you believe is almost meaningless – your actions reveal what you truly believe.  Do you want to know God?  That’s what verse 1 is referring to – who is in relationship with God?

The answer is not about the beliefs floating in your mind.  Its actions:

*Doing what is right

*Speaking truth

*Not saying evil about neighbors

*doing what you say you will do even when its difficult

*Being generous and expecting nothing in return

May we take time this week to be self-reflective.  I’ve been a Christian my whole life and I’ve long seen this as a group I’m a part of due to my belief in Jesus.  But when I read the stories of Jesus, he seems very concerned with how his followers live.  Simply being in the group is merely a first step.  How do we live on a daily basis?

In a world where everyone criticizes others all the time, may we be people who spend time on self-reflection.  Or as Jesus said, may we work on taking the plank out of our own eyes.

**I recently began sending the students in CSF a brief reflection on a Psalm each Friday.  My hope is that it will provide them with some motivation to read scripture.  I have enjoyed meditating on the Psalms, and I look forward to taking the next few years to get through them all!  I decided it might be worthwhile to post the weekly devos here, so if you happen to read this, I pray it is helpful.  Enjoy.

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