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 Saturday May 14th 2016Tim Candler9

 

      The Psalms of David spring to mind on a day like this. Psalm 15, is about the happiness to be had from the holy. And in this psalm, David's "holy" is better thought of as "being associated with a divine power" rather than messing around with challenging the wisdom of the divine. Another thing to remember about David is that he arranged for the murder of Uriah the Hittite so that he might possess Uriah's wife, a woman David later added to his collection of wives, their boy child was Solomon. It was a terrible thing to do, and several of David's psalms are all about how sorry he was, which must have made life just a little bit difficult for Solomon's mother. Yet another thing to remember about David is that he was right up there with the leaders of men. So it's kind of good news to hear that he found happiness in the holy.

 

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      Now whether you want to think of the question in Psalm 15 as "Lord, who shall dwell in they tabernacle? Who shall rest in thine holy mountain?" or from one of the more recent translations "Oh Lord, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell in your holy hill?" David's answers were all about walking upright, speaking the truth, not lying about your neighbors for personal gain, having something good to say about anyone who feared the lord no matter what horrible thing it was they might have done and there was a mention of never charging interest on a loan or taking advantage of the innocent. Meanwhile here on earth there's a chance of patchy frost tonight. The gist of David's Psalm 3, I find helpful: Lord arise! Help me -Thou hast smitten mine enemies on the cheekbone, though hast broken the teeth of the wicked in the past - I'll do my bit, I'll try to be as holy as possible -but in the long run it's up to you to do the right thing.

 

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