[CF Devotionals] 2006-02-26 - Are You Perfect Yet?

Psalm 15, Part 1

A Psalm of David.

Yahweh, who shall be a guest in your tent?
Who shall dwell upon your holy mountain?
He who walks with integrity and practices justice,
and speaks the truth from his heart.
He who does not trip over his tongue,
who does no wrong to his fellowman,
and casts no slur on his neighbor.
The despicable man is rejected from his presence,
but those who fear Yahweh, he feasts.
He swore to do no wrong and did not waver.
His money he does not lend at interest,
nor accept compensation from the hungry.
Who does these things will never stumble. 1

"And now, O Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to observe the Lord's commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good? "

~ Deuteronomy 10:12-13

I was listening to Bob Larson's show, way back when, Bonnie Bell, a guest I think, was talking with those who would support "art" like that promulgated by groups such as "2 Live Crew." Considering these, it was easy to see somewhere along the line all pretense at morality has been lost within the artistic culture. Now this isn't to say people no longer have standards, but clearly, the artistic culture frequently doesn't - and consequently, this lack of values has moved into the society.

Much of society doesn't find music that calls for the brutal abuse of women obscene, but can't understand why the brutalization of women is on the increase. A society which condones the murder of the pre-born can't understand why child abuse is increasing. There is no longer any understanding the ongoing disintegration of, not just this society, but the world in general is due the lack of any understanding of who God is and what He demands.

The very question, "Are you Perfect Yet?" has become a joke, for people are their own gods, and so no one has any right to make any demands on them. There is no sin, no evil, and therefore the concept of perfection, or the lack thereof, is meaningless. But Scripture does present God's standards, and so as we deal with the unbeliever, we may ask them, "Are you perfect yet?"

1 Dahood, Mitchell, The Anchor Bible, "Psalms 14," Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1978, p. 80-81.

To be continued.

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