Psalm 15: LORD...who may abide upon your holy hill? Whoever leads a blameless life and does what is right, who speaks the truth from his heart.
In a TV drama, a grown man learns that he’d had a brother, one who had died in infancy. His father, when asked why he’d never learned of the brother, said, “We didn’t want you growing up missing someone you never knew.”
Many people grow up never knowing about or considering the presence of God. And yet we all have that longing for God, missing someone we might never know. We try to fill that longing with earthly pursuits: relationships, work, things. All of those pursuits are gifts, but they are not a route to salvation.
The man who wrote Psalm 15 understood that humans must seek the eternal in order to find peace on earth. He suggested that we earn our place with God by leading a “blameless life” in which we do “what is right.” We know now, though, given the gift of Jesus, that we are saved by the grace of God, not by our own virtue. So why should we worry about leading a blameless life?
We seek to lead a moral and loving life because it allows us to be close to God even in our daily lives. We know God by being loving human beings, and the Christian life forms us into people who find that intimacy with God every day. We enjoy the gift, now, of being with God our Creator and Redeemer.
I’m sad to think of the increasing number of people who grow up loving someone they never knew.
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