In school we were taught that if you’re not sure what a word means, it may be possible to determine the meaning by taking a close look at the context. Psalm 15 begins by asking, “O LORD, who may abide in your tent? Who may dwell on your holy hill?” According to the context ABIDE seems to mean “live with”. The Psalmist is asking, “God, who gets to live with you in your holy home?”
Lucky for us, our psalmist provides the answer. Walk the talk and talk the walk. If you say you’re a God follower than act like it in everything you do. And speak the truth; our human messy, vulnerable truth. In all that you do and say, always talk about all your neighbors in the best possible way. Never put others down to make yourself look better. Treat others justly. Help each other out going so far as to lend others money without interest. Regardless of the cost to yourself, keep your word. Don’t glorify those who treat others badly. Don’t, in any way, make life harder for those who are hurting. Above all, honor the LORD.
It turns out ABIDE also has another meaning; obey, observe, follow or to act in accordance with. Abiding (living with) God is all about abiding (obeying) God. Those who abide by God’s laws day and night with all their heart, mind, body and soul will abide in God’s holy house. And, as the Psalmist concludes, they shall never be moved.
Ann Bassett is the Pastor of Peace Lutheran Church in Spring Hill, TN. Peace Lutheran Church is sharing their almost a third of their building with The Unchained Movement which is dedicated to eradicating human sex trafficking.
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