On Camping Out with God (Psalm 15)

Psalm 15

A psalm of David.

1 Who can live in your tent, Lord?
    Who can dwell on your holy mountain?
The person who
    lives free of blame,
    does what is right,
        and speaks the truth sincerely;
    who does no damage with their talk,
    does no harm to a friend,
    doesn’t insult a neighbor;
    someone who despises
        those who act wickedly,
        but who honors those
        who honor the Lord;
    someone who keeps their promise even when it hurts;
    someone who doesn’t lend money with interest,
    who won’t accept a bribe against any innocent person.
Whoever does these things will never stumble. (Psalm 15:1-5, Common English Bible)

Let me begin by saying, “Yes, I am aware that the tent in the picture above is not the Tabernacle.” There are no pictures of the Tabernacle on the internet or otherwise. The best we have is someone’s opinion of how Tabernacle looked. I don’t know exactly how the Tabernacle looked except to look at the Scriptures where there are instructions on how the Tabernacle should be built.

We don’t know exactly what the Tabernacle might have looked like. We are not going to worship per se, we are going camping. God did not leave us instructions on what a camping ten might have looked like 3000 years ago. Somehow I don’t think there was much camping for pleasure.

When I worked at the FDIC I had a co-worker who believed herself to be a witch. She dabbled in witchcraft and did some Wicca worship. She said she didn’t believe in the need Divine forgiveness. She didn’t see the point in the human creatures need for salvation. She did see the need for eternal life and was convinced it would be hers for the taking. How? She was a good person. She believed she would spend eternity in God. She also told me that as a United Methodist I was a tri-thiest. Jesus, the Son, and the Holy Spirit were not persons of the Trinity. Jesus and the Holy Spirit were inferior to God. That meant there was no reason to worship them.

I don’t know the who, where when, how of i all, but this lady was terribly misguided. She did not understood little if any Christian doctrine.

As the Psalmist speaks here, I really don’t think my old co-worker will be camping out in God’s tent unless she had a change of heart. It could happen but there are no guarantees. Contrary to what she thought, you were not good enough. And left to our own devices, we will mess it up. While all of this is truthful, her she continued to believe she was good enough.

We have so many people around us everyday, some of them are great people but either don’t believe in anything or they believe in the wrong thing. They think they are a good person and they are wrong. Good, even great are not good enough.

There was also a young man I read about some time back. He was a Satan worshiper. He also believed that he was a good man and he didn’t need someone to squeeze him for money. He also believed he was good enough.

He and the rest of us are good enough to fail in our hike to live in the Kingdom. On our own, we will never be good enough. Scripture reminds us that we have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God. John, in his first letter said that if we say we have no sin, then the truth is not in us.

The psalmist asks who can go camping with God. With tongue firmly in my cheek, we know this isn’t about camping. Still, the psalmist wants to know who can go into God’s tent. The person who lives free of blame, does what is right, and speaks the truth sincerely… Always remember John’s words, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except by me.”

That means we need grace. None of us can find eternity without it. We need it because we don’t already have it. We need more than words, we need God.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Seeking the Genuine,
Keith

Copyright 2020, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved
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I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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