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.
14th IDEA: (For previous ideas look at previous blog posts)
Here is the summary:
“WHOEVER DOES THESE THINGS WILL NEVER BE SHAKEN” (WHAT THINGS?)
The “things” are the behaviors we have looked at over the previous 13 blogs that were “behaviors” of people who are going to Heaven when they die. Traditionally, from a Christian perspective, those who receive Christ are going to Heaven. True. I believe it. However, a “Christian” needs to follow Jesus teaching which includes the New as well as the Old Testament because Jesus said, “I don’t come to destroy the Law but to fulfill it.” There are enough nuggets in Psalm 15 to make a list of the behaviors that you see in people going to Heaven when they die.
Behavior 1–from Bonus Day 132–“Consistently honest in all they do”
Behavior 2–from Bonus Day 133–“Intentional, habitual, and systematically, honest”
Behavior 3–from Bonus Day 134–“At his/her center is the desire for truth, stability and certainty”
Behavior 4–from Bonus Day 135–“Never use influence against others. Use any influence FOR THE BENEFIT OF/FOR others”
Behavior 5–from Bonus Day 136–“Never do or say anything adverse or against others”
Behavior 6–from Bonus Day 137–“Never look down, talk down, condescend, or shame others”
Behavior 7–from Bonus Day 138–“Don’t ever put someone down”
Behavior 8–from Bonus Day 139–“Love God’s people”
Behavior 9–from Bonus Day 140–“Overcome addiction and stay delivered from it”
Behavior 10–from Bonus Day 141–“Don’t charge people interest or take advantage of those in need”
Behavior 11–from Bonus Day 142–“Don’t deceive, don’t mislead, don’t take advantage of others in any way”
IF YOU APPLY THESE BEHAVIORS TO YOUR LIFE YOU WILL NOT BE “SHAKEN UP!” (From Psalm 15:5)
Every day is a Bonus Day.
Much Love (on my 59th birthday),