O LORD, who shall sojourn in your tent?
Who shall dwell on your holy hill?
He who walks blamelessly and does what is right
and speaks truth in his heart;
who does not slander with his tongue and does no evil to his
neighbor, nor takes up a reproach against his friend;
in whose eyes a vile person is despised,
but who honors those who fear the LORD;
who swears to his own hurt and does not change;
who does not put out his money at interest
and does not take a bribe against the innocent.
He who does these things shall never be moved. Psalm 15 (ESV)
This is a time of woes and wonders. No matter the result of the election, half of our country will be woeful and half will be wondering what is next. Those who believe, like I do, that unity is necessary for peace and good will in any group of people, the hot-headedness of the situation is concerning. I have prayed and sought guidance from the Lord about what to do. Is there anything one person can do to help restore peace?
Imagine my surprise when I opened my Bible to Psalm 15. I do not usually subscribe to the “let your Bible fall open and there will be an answer” idea. But this time the answer is clear. It is plain and simple. It is doable and it is straight from the heart of God. So this is the way I will live, no matter who becomes president. No matter what happens:
I will strive to walk blamelessly and do what is right.
I will speak the truth to myself, and to others.
I will not slander anyone or do evil to anyone.
I will not argue with or cause problems for my friends.
I will not be influenced by evil nor by those who love evil.
I will honor those who fear the Lord.
I will not use my finances in ways to harm anyone.
With God’s help, I will not be moved from these principles.
This Psalm has comforted me immensely. I do not have to solve all the world’s problems. I do not have to figure out what is going to happen. I will take one day at a time, deal with the challenges that come, and praise God for his blessings. It is in God’s hands, not mine. What a relief!