We probably don’t think of them as instructional. But here’s a catechism lesson!
Interact with God’s Word
- What does David’s question imply about God? … about what separates people from Him?
- Why isn’t David’s answer about ritual purity or offering sacrifices?
- Is the conduct David describes an unreachable ideal or a basic reflex that can be drilled into our lives with the help of the Holy Spirit?
- What kinds of consistency are required by verse 2 over time? … between words and actions? … between the public and private? … between ends and means?
- Does mere external conformity to moral standards cut it for David?
- Could you do the things to be avoided (in v. 3) while remaining strictly truthful?
- What does verse 4 tell you about being morally discerning?
- In our interest-based economy, what kinds of “gouging” are still prohibited?
- What does “stand firm forever” mean? How does it refer back to David’s question?
Spend Time in Prayer: Ask God for the strength of character to actually be what you claim—as a model to those who observe your life, and to prepare you to live in His presence.
1 Who may worship in your sanctuary, Lord? Who may enter your presence on your holy hill?
2 Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right, speaking the truth from sincere hearts.
3 Those who refuse to gossip or harm their neighbors or speak evil of their friends.
4 Those who despise flagrant sinners, and honor the faithful followers of the Lord, and keep their promises even when it hurts.
5 Those who lend money without charging interest, and who cannot be bribed to lie about the innocent. Such people will stand firm forever.