A Psalm of David.
O Lord, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy hill? He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart; who does not slander with his tongue and does no evil to his neighbor, nor takes up a reproach against his friend; in whose eyes a vile person is despised, but who honors those who fear the Lord; who swears to his own hurt and does not change; who does not put out his money at interest and does not take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved. (Psalm 15:1-5)
I like to get to the meat and bones of things. Maybe it’s because I can only handle so much complexity before my head explodes. Maybe it’s because my personality of overthinking things clouds my mind, and I love when I can get down to it. But I value getting to the nitty gritty. I value clearly understanding what is required of me. I value cutting through the fluff and seeing things for face value. So when it comes to knowing how to relate to God…I always try to simplify things.
In the psalm above, God gives us a picture of the person who walks in righteousness, or in simpler terms, the person who is right with God. The psalmist lists characteristics that give meaning and explanation to another simple way of saying what God desires of us…to love the Lord your God and love your neighbor as yourself (paraphrase Luke 10:27). The psalmist says things like be faithful, be true, don’t say bad things about others, love those who love God, do not take advantage of people. Essentially, this is what it looks like to love the Lord and love others as you love yourself.
Unfortunately, life doesn’t always come in clean, simple packages. It just happens that the two greatest commandments are the two hardest commandments to live out. We don’t do it perfectly, but God gives those who love Him this target to hit. He tells us that this is what He is working us toward…loving Him and loving others. This is what the man/woman who wants to be with God will strive to be, because this is what God is to us.
So as we go about our day and walk out our relationship with God, I pray that we can see the target simply and clearly, and through the grace and power of God, we can reflect His type of love to those around us.