Thursday, February 10, 2011

Christian in a Nutshell

 1Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?
 2He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.
 3He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.
 4In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.
 5He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved. 

Christian in a Nutshell

If you were to write an essay of 100 words or less titled, Christian in a Nutshell, what would you write? I am sure there would be a wide divergence of opinions, and I am also sure that it would be very difficult to write such an essay in so few words.

When I read Psalm 15, I like to think of it as David's version of a Christian in a Nutshell. He actually wrote his "essay" in 85 words, as 14 words are used in his introductory questions in verse 1. Let us look at the characteristics that David thought were important to include.

*Walks uprightly
*Works righteousness
*Speaks the truth in his heart
*Does not talk behind peoples' back
*Does not do evil to his neighbort
*Does not cause others to think evil of his neighbor
*Despises a vile person
*Honors those who fear the Lord
*Keeps his promises, even if it hurts him
*Does not charge interest when he loans money
*Does not accept bribes against the innocent

How many of these things would you have listed in your essay? How many of these things do we hear our pastors preach about from pulpits across the world today? Often these things come so close to home that our pastors do not want to offend their congregations. It is much easier to teach against the ax murderers than to speak of the petty sins we all wrestle with in our day to day Christian lives.

We know that our actions do not save us; only the blood of Christ can save us from our sins that would eternally separate from God. However, thinking of our current series, First Love, these Christian traits are not outward actions, but characteristics of the heart. We do not do or not do these things so that we may look good on the outside, we do these things from our heart of hearts that we may be acceptable in the sight of God.

Go, today in the strength and power of the Lord, and examine your life in light of Psalm 15. Then, go to the Lord and cry out for the strength and power to live the Christian life in a manner pleasing to God.

God Bless You,
Linda

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi my sister in Christ. I was reading Psalms 15 and was trying to find a simple way to explain it and I came across the interpretation you providing and I want to tell you that it was a blessing.