A Psalm for today. Psalm 15

I was looking for a psalm for the traveler.

I couldn’t find one appropriate- do you know of one?

Fernando Ortega’s voice comes singing into my head-

Heavenly Father, remember the traveler.

Heavenly Father, remember the traveler,

Bring him safely home-

Safely home.”

I sang that along with the CD player on our way home all last year- 10 hours of driving- half of that on the Pennsylvania Turnpike kind of gets you in the mood for praying for safety- especially when it is snowing and dark.

I couldn’t find a psalm for that occasion, but it was a chance to read through some of the psalms of David again.  And when I read psalm 15 it stood out as a recommendation for a good life.

Here it is in the NIV:

Psalm 15
A psalm of David.

1 LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary?
Who may live on your holy hill?

2 He whose walk is blameless
and who does what is righteous,
who speaks the truth from his heart

3 and has no slander on his tongue,
who does his neighbor no wrong
and casts no slur on his fellowman,

4 who despises a vile man
but honors those who fear the LORD,
who keeps his oath
even when it hurts,

5 who lends his money without usury
and does not accept a bribe against the innocent.
He who does these things
will never be shaken.

And here it is in The Message:

Psalm 15
A David Psalm

1 God, who gets invited to dinner at your place?
How do we get on your guest list?
2 “Walk straight,
act right,
tell the truth.
3-4 “Don’t hurt your friend,
don’t blame your neighbor;
despise the despicable.
5 “Keep your word even when it costs you,
make an honest living,
never take a bribe.

“You’ll never get
if you live like this.”

I don’t know about you- but I WANT to eat dinner at God’s house and be on the guest list.

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