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.
The first 2 opening questions are helpful in reminding me that we are not equal to God and do not deserve relationship with Him. He is perfect, blameless, without fault… and we are a motley bunch of people. A mixture of good intentions, pride, creativity, selfishness, love and pettiness. And even the good in us comes from Him! These questions remind me that I cannot walk with God and do life with Him because of my merit. It is by pure gift, by God absorbing the cost through Jesus, that I can walk with Him.
Do I come to talk to God with this recognition? Do I come to worship God with this awareness? How about when I give, or read the Word or simply am mindful of His presence? Do I take my access to God for granted? Or do I try to build a list of my good deeds, thinking that because I’ve worked hard God should respond to me?
There is no should. God should not do anything. He chooses to accept Jesus in my place. Chooses to listen to me and to answer. Chooses to work on my behalf. Chooses to love me. Thank you God for choosing to adopt me into your family. Please help me to remember that you had and have a choice. Amen.
Written by Bethany Waugh