Daily Reading: Psalm 15

He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart. (Ps. 15:2)

“I don’t lie,” someone I had recently met mentioned. “Yeah, right,” I inwardly chided. “How is that possible?” I dismissed her claim, but as time went on, I saw Sheila’s unshakable core of integrity. I never doubted a thing she said. If she made a promise, I knew she would follow through. I soon realized her words were true. They challenged me to the point where I can nearly imitate them.

“Mom, are you telling the truth?” my daughter used to ask. “Oh, baby girl, you know I am. The cost is way too high for me to tell you a lie. If I do, you might not believe what I say in the future. It isn’t worth losing your trust over a fib.” She no longer has to question my words.

Psalm 15 paints a portrait of those who may worship in the Lord’s sanctuary. The descriptions are specific, yet vastly general. How does one go about being blameless? Is it possible to do what is righteous? These attributes are not the ultimate measuring rod for our salvation. Rather, they provide a challenging moral compass that surpasses the Golden Rule.

John 8:44 calls the Devil the Father of Lies. Whenever we tell a half-truth, we begin speak the same language as our enemy. No wonder God’s sanctuary is reserved for those who speak the truth from their hearts.

Commit to telling the truth no matter the circumstance.

Stacy Voss loves to run, chase her kids, and hike in the mountains with her husband outside their Colorado home.