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  • Psalm Fifteen

    Who will enter Your tabernacle, Lord?
    Who will live on Your holy hill?

    The man who walks in the path You have given,
    the man who does your will, and speaks the truth.

    He does not gossip or take heed of gossip,
    he does not covet his neighbor's life.

    He will not associate with those who do evil,
    he honors the will of the Lord and reaches out to do good.

    He does not loan asking for interest,
    he does not take advantage of his neighbor.

    He abides in the will of the Lord,
    the Lord will bless him and reward him.

    God's Will

    Have you ever heard anyone describe their neighborhood as perfect? I have. My sister-in-law, Charlotte, lives on a farm outside Monroe, Iowa. The neighbors there do not pry or gossip about one another, but they do know about the happenings in one another's families, things like births, deaths, divorces, weddings, the events that come with life.

    One thing about farmers, they're willing to help. I know Charlotte has helped her neighbors over the years and they have helped her. It is accepted they will help one another, but not necessarily expected. I do know this, I have never seen a “homeless” person in Monroe, Iowa. There are poor people, there are those well off, but they survive as a community.

    Now we are talking about a thriving metropolis of 1,830 (2010 census). I'll grant you that is a far cry from living in Peoria or Chicago or Los Angeles, but they're all filled with people, right? After all, what works small ought to work big, at least in theory.

    Interestingly enough, church attendance is about 50% of the population. And there are several denominations active in Monroe with varying points of view and interpretations.

    Well, I think it is pretty easy to see why I would talk about this in reference to this psalm. These folks seem to be obeying the commandments as a matter of living, whether they are professed believers or not. And it seems to be working.

    I guess that's not bad advice at all.

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