Scripture: Psalm 15
Key verse: (1) “O LORD, who may abide in your tent? Who may dwell on your holy hill?”
Reflection: When I was a child we moved a lot. On average, I attended a new school almost every year, so it was important to know very quickly what the values and traditions were of any community we moved into. So I really like it when rules, procedures, processes, guidelines, requirements, suggestions, and directions are spelled out clearly. This was a basic survival skill for me in K through 12. As an adult, I’m still drawn to groups and organizations that clearly state their goals and objectives. This is one of the reasons that I am drawn to today’s psalm. This psalm, attributed to King David, lays out values to live by that can lead to a faithful and content life. We know that doing what is right, speaking the truth, not doing evil to friends or seeking revenge; holding God in reverence and awe; and living up to our ideals are good, life giving things. But, I wonder are we more conformed to the world and following our own desires than spending time with God so that we might be transformed by the Holy Spirit? I know that at times I fall short of the reminders in this psalm, but with God’s help I am able to discover the life God envisions for me to live. Each of us has an opportunity every day to live out our faith in such a way that others will be blessed. It is a great gift to abide in the LORD’s “tent”. The blessings are beyond compare. Plan to spend some time with God today.
Prayer: Gracious God, we are thankful for your unmerited grace that gives us the opportunity to abide in and with you. Help us this day to live like people who abide in your tent and dwell on your holy hill that others might experience your love, mercy and justice through our acts of compassion. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Author: Deborah Conner
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].