Simple Invitation

19 Sep

It is amazing how easy it is for me to get off track with blogging.  But I am back again and hopefully can keep up my ‘dailyness’ for awhile.

We are up to psalm 15 and it is a great one.  Again, I think about this text being write about 3000 years ago, give or take a couple of hundred.  But, the idea about what kind of life is pleasing to God is so straight forward in this psalm.  Of course, I really do like it a lot from, The Message.

“God, who gets invited to dinner at your place?  How do we get on your guest list?

Walk straight, act right, tell the truth.

Don’t hurt your friend, don’t blame your neighbor, despise the despicable.

Keep your word even when it costs you, make an honest living, never take a bribe.

You’ll never get blacklisted if you live like this.”


Doesn’t this psalm seem like a simple invitation about how to live like God’s people.  There are no long rules about who is out and who is in.  There is no theological debate how God’s gender or trinity.  This is a call to live with integrity in human community and you will be in right relationship with God.

This psalm reminds me of Micah 6:8, “God has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”

It seems as though the faithful folks who wrote these scriptures have a pretty simply idea about being God’s people, and that being God’s people is lived out among human community.  

Here’s to not being blacklisted by God.


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