Just before “drifting off” to sleep the other night, Marceil read Psalm 15 out loud to me. (I put a quote around “drifting off” because that never really happens for me. I have acute sleep apnea so I generally turn on the c-pap machine and just hope I can more like “conk out.”
Her purpose for reading the Psalm was to under-gird with Scripture a situation I faced down in Haiti a couple of months ago where a Church was charging 18% interest on a micro-loan fund that was meant to help middle age women. I was confrontational with the leaders involved and they told me it was “cultural” to which I replied that you can’t call a “Scriptural issue” a “cultural issue” just because the Scripture doesn’t fit into your philosophy. The Scriptures were not written in America….or in Haiti, but instead 2000 to 6000 years ago in a land 6000 miles from Haiti.
As I worked to break Psalm 15 down, there were so many things I thought I would take it point by point over the next couple of weeks and blog about them.
Let’s start with the entire passage and after the passage I will address it a concept at a time. You will notice the introduction will have been “cut and pasted” day to day to give the background.
A psalm of David.
1 Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent?
Who may live on your holy mountain?
2 The one whose walk is blameless,
who does what is righteous,
who speaks the truth from their heart;
3 whose tongue utters no slander,
who does no wrong to a neighbor,
and casts no slur on others;
4 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;
5 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.
SEVENTH IDEA (For previous ideas check out previous blog posts)
Question: “What kind of behaviors do you see in a person going to Heaven?”
Answer: “Who does no wrong to a neighbor” V.3–“no wrong” (ra’) is the idea of adversity or affliction in an evil sense. Your “neighbor” (reya) means any/all of your associations. The bottom line–NOT doing or saying anything adverse toward others. Is that hard or impossible? NOT FOR PEOPLE ON THEIR WAY TO HEAVEN!
Every day is a Bonus Day.