Fourth Sunday After Epiphany: The Psalms Passage – Preacher and Seeker speak plainly about righteous living

Preacher: “O LORD, who may abide in your tent? Who may dwell on your holy hill?”

Seeker: Maybe the question should be, who can find safety and refuge with the Lord? It seems like everywhere one turns today there is trouble, upsetting issues, and challenges to living simply. To hear some talk, one would believe that better times are coming. But others say we are plunging into more problems than we can ever deal with. Of course, that sort of rhetoric had been going on for generations. Promises for better times are made over and over. Sometimes it comes true, and sometimes it does not. Seems to me it those who would be worthy of dwelling with the Lord are the ones who we can believe the promises of. So the question remains, who can expect and who deserves to live in eternity with our Lord?

Preacher: “Those who walk blamelessly, and do what is right, and speak the truth from their heart;”

Seeker: In other words, those who already follow the Lord. Or say they follow the Lord. So, how can we know who are true followers of the Lord?

Preacher: “[Those] . . .who do not slander with their tongue, and do no evil to their friends, nor take up a reproach against their neighbors;”

Seeker: Now we are narrowing it down! What other qualifications does it take?

Preacher: “ . . . in whose eyes the wicked are despised, but who honor those who fear the LORD; who stand by their oath even to their hurt;”

Seeker: It takes strong resolve and a strong conscience and will to hold to those things!
Those are indeed signs and hallmarks of called and chosen people of the Lord! Say more!

Preacher: “ . . . who do not lend money at interest, and do not take a bribe against the innocent.”

Seeker: But, those who are such people are among us – which is good! Does that mean that it is not time yet to enter and live in the dwelling place of the Lord? That it is not time yet to go to the Lord’s holy hill? I suppose not. We, the good and the bad and those in-between, we still live and dwell together. And are faced with temptations; our fallen world threatens to undermine even the best of us. How will they survive? How will we survive?!

Preacher: “Those who do these things shall never be moved.” (Psalm 15)

Seeker: That is the true test, isn’t it? Not living blameless and perfectly lives living in the tent of the Lord. But living authentic and honest Christian lives in this fallen world. Let us look closely, and discern according to the word of the Lord who is worthy for the tent’s of the Lord, and our Lord God’s holy hill! Selah!

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About Carole Boshart

I have two blogs on WordPress. "A Simple Desire" which is based on the daily "Sips of Scripture" published and sent out by Third Way Cafe. "Pondering From the Pacific" is based on my reflections on the world - sometimes religious/spiritual, and sometimes not so much.

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