“A Psalm of David. Lord, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill? He who walks uprightly, And works righteousness, And speaks the truth in his heart;” (Psalm 15:1-2 NKJV)
It’s an interesting truth that the qualities of a person that make him acceptable to God in the Old Testament are pretty good qualities for everyday life. Psalm 15 is one of those examples of how to live and get along with other people. David asked a simple question: “Lord, who is worthy to worship You? Who could live in Your house?” You ever wondered? There are may facets to the answer, but here they are quickly: they live right, the do righteous things, they speak the truth, they don’t backbite, do evil to a neighbor, or anger a friend, they avoid those who do wrong and honor the people who fear the Lord, they tell the truth even when it hurts and they use their money generously. Those are pretty good qualities to live by. True, no one is perfect, but imagine working with people whose lives generally exemplify these qualities. I read recently of an executive who would take prospective employees out to breakfast and tip the wait person extra to mess up the order so he could see how this person reacted. He wanted to be sure that the people he hired were compassionate. Some would have us “unhitch” from the Old Testament standards. While living like this won’t bring us salvation, it will bring us closer to other people and give us an opportunity to share God’s love with them.
Those are pretty lofty standards for life. How’d you do today? Maybe you can say that you followed them perfectly today. My guess is, if you did, you probably weren’t perfect every day. Let’s face it, we mess up – especially when our co-workers irritate us or make mistakes at work. Think about areas where you could improve in your relationship with your co-workers and plan tonight to make tomorrow better.
Lord, I wish those qualities described me. But I mess up. I “stretch the truth” to protect myself or make me look good. I gossip. I too easily enjoy the company of those who do evil. Help me to live so that I bring honor to Your name and influence people to seek You.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.