Years ago my friend Phil was preaching and he said that the Gospel is true existentially and evidentially. A simple definition on ‘existential’ is: what it means to be human. God’s Commands, as the JSB says, “Explain how life works best.” Probably a better definition than my own. The GRace of Jesus frees us from so much: fear, guilt shame, the weight of our sin. It also frees us into real life, real humanity, and relationships of real love.
I could go on and on, except that my purpose is to spend a few extra minutes in the Psalms. Psalm 15 reminds us of theCommands of God – sometimes they are easy to see/do/believe and sometimes not. I always need the reminder.
O LORD, who shall sojourn in your tent?
Who shall dwell on your holy hill?
He who walks blamelessly and does what is right
and speaks truth in his heart;
who does not slander with his tongue
and does no evil to his neighbor,
nor takes up a reproach against his friend;
in whose eyes a vile person is despised,
but who honors those who fear the LORD;
who swears to his own hurt and does not change;
who does not put out his money at interest
and does not take a bribe against the innocent.
He who does these things shall never be moved.