Psalms 15, 107, 111
Those who walk blamelessly, and do what is right,
and speak the truth from their heart...
Then Jacob made a vow, saying, "If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat and clothing to wear, so that I come again to my father's house in peace, then the LORD shall be my God..."
All of these died in faith without having received the promises, but from a distance they saw and greeted them. They confessed that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth...
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
III. Meditation: Promises
Teach us to speak the truth from our heart--
to walk blamelessly, and do what is right;
but even when we fail and do wrong,
to speak the truth from our heart.
We try to make promises to you...bargains, really.
If you will be with us, and keep us in the way we go,
and take care of our needs, and allow us to enjoy peace
(though we make war), we promise that you will be our God.
But the initiative is with you, and always has been.
You offer us your love and care--our role is to accept.
The world is full of those who steal and kill and destroy;
but you gave us Jesus that we may have life, and abundantly.
We who walk as strangers and foreigners on the earth,
we have seen your promises, seen them and greeted them,
if only from afar. You are not like us; you do what you promise;
you speak truth from your heart, and from your heart you sent Jesus.