In the reading plan this year, I’ve really hit a sweet spot in the Psalms, over the last few days they have just encouraged my heart, reflecting on the weekend that just passed an appropriate verse to sum is Psalm 13:5-6 “But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. I will sing to the LORD, because he has dealt bountifully with me.” My God has truly blessed me and has truly dealt ‘bountifully with me’ – and the ultimate way he has done that is by redeeming me, healing my soul, making me complete in Jesus.
Today Psalm 15 (so close to my favorite Psalm 16, which I will undoubtedly post on tomorrow…) if more of the practical side:
O LORD, who shall sojourn in your tent?
Who shall dwell on your holy hill? [Who will worship you in an acceptable way?]
He who walks blamelessly and does what is right [The one who avoids sin, and pursues righteousness]
and speaks truth in his heart; [The one who thinks correct things according to Your word…and really believes them.]
who does not slander with his tongue [Ouch. But talking about people is so easy and somewhat fun?]
and does no evil to his neighbor,
nor takes up a reproach against his friend;
in whose eyes a vile person is despised, [The one who hates sin and it’s effects on others]
but who honors those who fear the LORD; [and is satisfied in God and knows sin doesn’t satisfy our hearts]
who swears to his own hurt and does not change; [and is humble, even when is costs them]
who does not put out his money at interest [treats people fairly]
and does not take a bribe against the innocent.
He who does these things shall never be moved. [all of these things cultivate a life of steadfastness]
(Psalm 15 ESV)