January 28

Psalm 15:1-2

“O Lord, who may abide in your tent? Who may dwell on your holy hill? Those who walk blamelessly, and do what is right, and speak the truth from their heart;” vss. 1-2

Just so we don’t get the idea that Micah was the only person in ancient Israel who believed God cared about behavior and conduct, this psalmist added his perspective. Who is a friend of God? One who walks blamelessly and does what is right–and who speaks the truth from their heart! Now some of us might get a sinking feeling from reading such words–we can’t imagine what it would take to walk blamelessly. We’re more comfortable thinking of ourselves as sinners–and we are! But that’s no excuse for poor behavior. We are called on to do what is right regardless of how we think of ourselves. And most important of all we are to speak the truth from our hearts. There is nothing that has contributed more to the decline of morality in our country than the growing disregard for the truth, and it comes from the top down! We are learning to spin, twist, and obscure the truth, mislead the naive, and blatantly lie–and it happens every day. So-called news items are posted on the internet–and they’re complete fabrications. And nobody seems to care! The psalmist would be appalled! Again that’s no excuse for those who follow Jesus. We will tell the truth! Always, and in every circumstance, no matter what the consequences to ourselves! We may still be sinners, but at least we can tell the truth!

Thought for the Day: When am I most likely to lie?

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